Differential regulation of NPR-B/GC-B by protein kinase c and calcium

Sarah E. Abbey-Hosch, Dmitri Smirnov, Lincoln R. Potter

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C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) activation of the guanylyl cyclase-linked natriuretic peptide receptor-B (NPR-B) stimulates vasorelaxation and bone growth. Hormones and phorbol esters (PMA) inhibit NPR-B in calcium and protein kinase c-dependent manners, respectively. Here, we characterize the kinetic properties of NPR-B in membranes from cells exposed to PMA, the calcium ionophore, ionomycin, or sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). PMA and ionomycin primarily increased the Km and decreased the Vmax of NPR-B for GTP, respectively, whereas S1P caused modest changes in both parameters. PMA and S1P treatment increased the EC50 for CNP activation by eight- and three-fold, whereas ionomycin was ineffective. All three agents caused NPR-B dephosphorylation, but the basis for the loss of phosphate differed between treatments. In vitro phosphorylation of NPR-B in membranes was markedly diminished by prior whole cell PMA or S1P exposure, whereas ionomycin pretreatment had no effect. The involvement of the known phosphorylated residues in each process was tested with a mutant receptor containing glutamates substituted for these sites. While the effect of PMA was lost on this receptor, the effects of S1P and ionomycin were only partially blocked. Our data suggest that the molecular bases for PMA- and calcium-dependent inhibition of NPR-B are unique. The former results from reduced phosphorylation of a known site and primarily affects the affinity of NPR-B for CNP and GTP. The latter is associated with reductions in maximal velocities by a mechanism that does not involve inhibition of NPR-B phosphorylation and requires a process in addition to the dephosphorylation of the known sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)686-694
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

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Funding Information:
National Institutes of Health Grant RO1HL66397 and National American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant 0130398 to LRP provided financial support for these studies. SEA was supported in part by NIH training grant AR07612 and the 3M Science and Technology Fellowship.


  • ANF
  • GC-A
  • Guanylyl cyclase
  • NPR-B
  • PKG
  • cGMP


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