Contribution of phospholipase C-β3 phosphorylation to the rapid attenuation of opioid-activated phosphoinositide response

Derek Strassheim, Ping Yee Law, Horace H Loh

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Activation of the δ-opioid receptor in NG108-15 neuroblastoma X glioma hybrid cells results in a transient increase at the intracellular level of inositol-1,4,5-triphosphate [Ins(1,4,5)P3]. This time course in the transient increase in the Ins(1,4,5)P3 level is distinctly different from that observed in the homologous opioid receptor desensitization as measured by the inhibition of adenylyl cyclase activity. One probable mechanism for this rapid loss in Ins(1,4,5)P3 response is the feedback regulation of the phospholipase C activity. Regulation by protein phosphorylation was suggested by the observations that the opioid-mediated response was potentiated by calphostin C, an inhibitor of protein kinase C (PKC), and was abolished by either phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate, a PKC activator, or calyculin A, a protein phosphatase( 1/4 A) inhibitor. The direct phosphorylation of phospholipase C was demonstrated by immunoprecipitation of PLC-β3 from metabolically labeled NG108-15 cells challenged with the δ-selective agonist [D-Pen2,D-Pen5]enkephalin (DPDPE). A time- and DPDPE concentration- dependent and naloxone-reversible increase in the PLC-β3 phosphorylation can be demonstrated. This PLC-β3 phosphorylation was mainly due to PKC activation because pretreatment of NG108-15 cells with calphostin C could block the DPDPE effect. Activation of the PLC-β3 by DPDPE was one of the prerequisites for agonist-mediated PLC-β3 phosphorylation because the aminosteroid phospholipase C inhibitor U73122 could block the DPDPE effect, in addition to DPDPE, lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) stimulated the PLC-β3 phosphorylation, but bradykinin did not. Furthermore, the LPA- and DPDPE- mediated PLC-β3 phosphorylation was additive and was much less than that observed with phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate. The effect of DPDPE was specific to PLC-β3; the βγ-insensitive phospholipase C-β1 was not phosphorylated in the presence of either DPDPE or LPA. These results indicate that although PKC phosphorylation of PLC-β3 is not obligatory for the opioid receptor desensitization, it seems to play a significant facilatory role in the mechanisms allowing desensitization of opioid-activated phospholipase C response before that of adenylyl cyclase inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1058
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Pharmacology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1998


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