Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology

, Volume 353, Issue 6, pp 599–605

U-73122, an aminosteroid phospholipase C inhibitor, may also block Ca2+ influx through phospholipase C-independent mechanism in neutrophil activation

  • J. P. Wang
Original Articles


1-[6-[[17a-3-Methoxyestra-1,3,5(10)-trien17-yl]amino]hexyl]-1H-pyrrole-2,5-dione (U-73122) has been proven to be a useful tool in investigation of phospholipase C (PLC)-coupled signal transduction during cell activation. In the present studies, the inhibition by U-73122 of cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca 2+]i) of neutrophils was investigated. U-73122 suppressed the [Ca2+]i elevation of neutrophils suspended in Ca2+-containing medium challenged by N-formyl-Met-Leu-Phe (fMLP), cyclopiazonic acid (CPA) and ionomycin. The concentrations of U-73122 required for inhibition of CPA- and ionomycin-induced changes with IC50 values 4.06 ± 0.27 µM and 4.04 ± 0.44 µM, respectively, is almost 10-times that required for inhibition of the fMLP-induced response (IC50 value 0.62 ± 0.04 µM) U-73122 also reduced the intracellular Ca2+ mobilization of neutrophils suspended in Ca 2+-free medium stimulated by fMLP and CPA, but not by ionomycin, with IC50 values 0.52 ± 0.02 µM and 6.82 ± 0.74 µM, respectively. 1-[6-[[17f3-Methoxyestra-1,3,5(10)-trien-l7-yl]amino]hexyl]2,5-pyrrolidinedione (U-73343), a close analog of U-73122 that does not inhibit PLC activity, suppressed the [Ca2+]i elevation of neutrophils challenged by fMLP in Ca2+-containing medium, but not in Ca2+-free medium, with IC50 value 22.30 ± 1.61 µM. In Mn2+-quench studies, U-73122 suppressed the Mn2+ influx in CPA-activated neutrophils (IC50 value was 7.16 ± 0.28 µM) as well as in resting neutrophils (IC50 value was 6.72 ± 0.30 μM). U-73343 also suppressed the Mn2+ influx in resting neutrophils in a concentration-dependent manner. These results suggest that the inhibitory effect of U-73122 on [Ca2+]i of activated neutrophils is attributed partly to the suppression of Ca2+ release from the intracellular Ca2+ stores through PLC inhibition, and partly to the blockade, especially at higher concentrations, of Ca2+ entry from the extracellular space through PLC-independent processes.

Key words

Neutrophil (rat) Ca2+ influx U-73122 Phospholipase C inhibition U-73343 Cytosolic Ca2+ concentration Mn2+-quench 


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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical ResearchTaichung Veterans General Hospital, 160TaichungRepublic of China

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