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Arch Insect Biochem Physiol. 1994;26(4):249-61.

Octopamine enhances phagocytosis in cockroach hemocytes: involvement of inositol trisphosphate.

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Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Octopamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) were previously shown to affect phagocytosis in cockroach hemocytes through unidentified receptor-mediated events. In the present study, we examined the ability of 5-HT and octopamine to enhance inositol trisphosphate (IP3) production using hemocyte membranes of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. Octopamine enhanced IP3 production with a maximal peak at 100 nM. Similarly, 5-HT enhanced IP3 production with a maximal effect at 10 nM. The effects of 5-HT and octopamine are not additive, suggesting that both are working through the same receptor. Phentolamine, a general octopamine antagonist, blocked the effects of octopamine and 5-HT, while a mammalian 5-HT2 antagonist that blocks 5-HT-sensitive receptors in insect peripheral tissue, ketanserin, did not. A pharmacological profile indicates that the receptor is similar to an octopamine1-type. Octopamine at 1 microM increased phagocytosis in cockroach hemocytes exposed to Staphylococcus aureus in vitro, and this effect was mimicked by IP3 (10 microM). The octopamine-treated hemocytes were shown to increase IP3 production in the latter stage of phagocytosis. Adult cockroaches exposed to an LD50 dose of S. aureus in conjunction with either 0.1 mM octopamine or the octopamine1 agonist, clonidine, had higher survival rates compared to saline-treated cockroaches. Correspondingly, the octopamine1 antagonist, chlorpromazine, partially blocked the octopamine-mediated increase in cockroach survival.

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