Regulation of epithelial sodium channels by cGMP/PKGII

Departments of Biochemistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, TX 75708, USA.
The Journal of Physiology (Impact Factor: 5.04). 05/2009; 587(Pt 11):2663-76. DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2009.170324
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Airway and alveolar fluid clearance is mainly governed by vectorial salt movement via apically located rate-limiting Na(+) channels (ENaC) and basolateral Na(+)/K(+)-ATPases. ENaC is regulated by a spectrum of protein kinases, i.e. protein kinase A (PKA), C (PKC), and G (PKG). However, the molecular mechanisms for the regulation of ENaC by cGMP/PKG remain to be elucidated. In the present study, we studied the pharmacological responses of native epithelial Na(+) channels in human Clara cells and human alphabetagammadelta ENaCs expressed in oocytes to cGMP. 8-pCPT-cGMP increased amiloride-sensitive short-circuit current (I(sc)) across H441 monolayers and heterologously expressed alphabetagammadelta ENaC activity in a dose-dependent manner. Similarly, 8-pCPT-cGMP (a PKGII activator) but not 8-Br-cGMP (a PKGI activator) increased amiloride-sensitive whole cell currents in H441 cells in the presence of CFTRinh-172 and diltiazem. In all cases, the cGMP-activated Na(+) channel activity was inhibited by Rp-8-pCPT-cGMP, a specific PKGII inhibitor. This was substantiated by the evidence that PKGII was the sole isoform expressed in H441 cells at the protein level. Importantly, intratracheal instillation of 8-pCPT-cGMP in BALB/c mice increased amiloride-sensitive alveolar fluid clearance by approximately 30%, consistent with the in vitro results. We therefore conclude that PKGII is an activator of lung epithelial Na(+) channels, which may expedite the resolution of oedematous fluid in alveolar sacs.

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    • "PKG II has long been implicated in several physiological functions, including intestinal secretion, bone growth, learning and memory (15). However, certain new functions of this kinase have been reported, including the regulation of epithelial sodium channels and mechanotransduction of osteoblasts (16–18). A significant observation in studies with regard to PKG II is that this kinase has a role in regulating the proliferation and apoptosis of cells and is potentially associated with tumorigenesis. "
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    • "Thus, we observed no indication of kinase activation leading to the proposed increase in AQP4-mediated water permeability nor of kinase inhibition leading to reduction thereof. With the lack of both PKG-and PKA-induced increase in AQP4-dependent water permeability, we verified the kinase activity in the oocytes by expressing either the epithelial Na þ channel (ENaC) known to be activated by PKG (Nie et al., 2009) or the PKA-regulated voltage-gated potassium channel KCNQ1, with its ancillary subunit KCNE1 (Dilly et al., 2004; Grunnet et al., 2003). ENaC-expressing oocytes were voltage clamped and the I–V relation was determined (Fig. 2A, left trace). "
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    ABSTRACT: Aquaporin 4 (AQP4) is the predominant water channel in the mammalian brain and is mainly expressed in the perivascular glial endfeet at the brain-blood interface. AQP4 has been described as an important entry and exit site for water during formation of brain edema and regulation of AQP4 is therefore of therapeutic interest. Phosphorylation of some aquaporins has been proposed to regulate their water permeability via gating of the channel itself. Protein kinase (PK)-dependent phosphorylation of Ser(111) has been reported to increase the water permeability of AQP4 expressed in an astrocytic cell line. This possibility was, however, questioned based on the crystal structure of the human AQP4. Our study aimed to resolve if Ser(111) was indeed a site involved in phosphorylation-mediated gating of AQP4. The water permeability of AQP4-expressing Xenopus oocytes was not altered by a range of activators and inhibitors of PKG and PKA. Mutation of Ser(111) to alanine or aspartate (to prevent or mimic phosphorylation) did not change the water permeability of AQP4. PKG activation had no effect on the water permeability of AQP4 in primary cultures of rat astrocytes. Molecular dynamics simulations of a phosphorylation of AQP4.Ser(111) recorded no phosphorylation-induced change in water permeability. A phospho-specific antibody, exclusively recognizing AQP4 when phosphorylated on Ser(111) , failed to detect phosphorylation in cell lysate of rat brain stimulated by conditions proposed to induce phosphorylation of this residue. Thus, our data indicate a lack of phosphorylation of Ser(111) and of phosphorylation-dependent gating of AQP4.
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    • "For a long time, in contrast to the well-proved anti-tumor effect of PKG I, no research data clearly indicated antitumor role of PKG II and this kinase was only implicated in several physiological functions including intestinal secretion, bone growth, and learning and memory [14]. However, research interest about PKG II is increasing and some new functions of PKG II have been found recently, including the role of PKG II in regulation of epithelial sodium channel and mechano-signal transduction [15]–[17]. More importantly, accumulating research data indicated that PKG II was related to proliferation and apoptosis in some cells, especially in tumor cells, strongly suggesting the potential role of this enzyme in regulating biological activities of tumor cells [1]–[6]. "
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