Neuropeptide Y (18-36) modulates chromaffin cell catecholamine secretion by blocking the nicotinic receptor ion channel

J. Zheng, R. A. Morrisett, J. Zhu, T. D. Hexum

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Abstract

Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a widely distributed peptide with varied activities including inhibition of [3H]NE secretion from chromaffin cells. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism through which NPY and NPY fragments inhibit nicotinic receptor induced influx of 22Na+ and 45Ca++ into bovine chromaffin cells. Fragments of NPY, including NPY13- 36, NPY18-36 and NPY26-36, are more potent inhibitors of 45Ca++ and 22Na+ influx than NPY. High [K+]- and BAY K 8644-induced 45Ca++ influx and veratridine-induced 22Na+ influx are not inhibited by either NPY or NPY fragments. Thus, the site of NPY or NPY fragment action is not voltage-gated Ca++ or Na+ channels. A significant amount of acetylcholine- induced 45Ca++ influx still occurs in the presence of the voltage-gated Ca++ channel blockers: nifedipine (L-type), ω-conotoxin-GVIA (N-type) and ω-agatoxin-IVA (P-type). NPY18-36, in the presence of these channel blockers, inhibited the residual nicotinic receptor-induced Ca++ influx. The response to NPY18-36 is not pertussis toxin sensitive. The rank orders of potency for inhibition of 45Ca++ and 22Na+ are the same: NPY18-36 ≥ NPY26-36 > NPY13-36 > NPY ≥ NPY(free acid). Moreover, the IC50 values for NPY18-36 inhibition of 45Ca++ influx and 22Na+ influx are similar, 0.9 x 10-6 M and 2.03 x 10-6 M, respectively. Regression analysis for inhibition of these two phenomena produced a correlation coefficient of .9697 (P < .0003). Regression analysis for inhibition of 1,1-dimethyl-4- phenylpiperizinium (DMPP)-stimulated [3H]NE secretion vs. inhibition of DMPP-stimulated 22Na+ influx produced a correlation coefficient of .9894 (P < .0001). We conclude that NPY modifies nicotinic receptor function by blocking the nicotinic receptor ligand-gated ion channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-897
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume274
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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