[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The human dental follicle partially differentiates into the periodontal ligament (PDL), but their biological functions are different. The gene-expression profiles of the dental follicle and PDL were compared using the cDNA microarray technique. Microarray analysis identified 490 genes with a twofold or greater difference in expression, 365 and 125 of which were more abundant in the dental follicle and PDL, respectively. The most strongly expressed genes in the dental follicle were those related to bone development and remodeling (EGFL6, MMP8, FRZB, and NELL1), apoptosis and chemotaxis (Nox4, CXCL13, and CCL2), and tooth and embryo development (WNT2, PAX3, FGF7, AMBN, AMTN, and SLC4A4), while in the PDL it was the tumor-suppressor gene WIF1. Genes related to bone development and remodeling (STMN2, IBSP, BMP8A, BGLAP, ACP5, OPN, BMP3, and TM7SF4) and wound healing (IL1, IL8, MMP3, and MMP9) were also more strongly expressed in the PDL than in the dental follicle. In selected genes, a comparison among cDNA microarray, real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction, and immunohistochemical staining confirmed similar relative gene expressions. The gene-expression profiles presented here identify candidate genes that may enable differentiation between the dental follicle and PDL.
PLoS ONE 12/2013; 8(12):e84201. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0084201 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) proteins are regulators of Ca(2+) signaling that accelerate the GTPase activity of the G-protein α-subunit. RGS1, RGS2, RGS4, and RGS16 are expressed in the pancreas, and RGS2 regulates G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-induced Ca(2+) oscillations. However, the role of RGS4 in Ca(2+) signaling in pancreatic acinar cells is unknown. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of GPCR-induced Ca(2+) signaling in pancreatic acinar cells derived from RGS4(-/-) mice. RGS4(-/-) acinar cells showed an enhanced stimulus intensity response to a muscarinic receptor agonist in pancreatic acinar cells. Moreover, deletion of RGS4 increased the frequency of Ca(2+) oscillations. RGS4(-/-) cells also showed increased expression of sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase type 2. However, there were no significant alterations, such as Ca(2+) signaling in treated high dose of agonist and its related amylase secretion activity, in acinar cells from RGS4(-/-) mice. These results indicate that RGS4 protein regulates Ca(2+) signaling in mouse pancreatic acinar cells.
Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 12/2011; 15(6):383-8. DOI:10.4196/kjpp.2011.15.6.383 · 1.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The hyperosmotic stimulus is regarded as a mechanical factor for bone remodeling. However, whether the hyperosmotic stimulus affects 1alpha, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3))-induced osteoclastogenesis is not clear. In the present study, the effect of the hyperosmotic stimulus on 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced osteoclastogenesis was investigated in an osteoblast-preosteoclast co-culture system. Serial doses of sucrose were applied as a mechanical force. These hyperosmotic stimuli significantly evoked a reduced number of 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase-positive multinucleated cells and 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced bone-resorbing pit area in a co-culture system. In osteoblastic cells, receptor activator of nuclear factor kappaB ligand (RANKL) and Runx2 expressions were down-regulated in response to 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3). Knockdown of Runx2 inhibited 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced RANKL expression in osteoblastic cells. Finally, the hyperosmotic stimulus induced the overexpression of TonEBP in osteoblastic cells. These results suggest that hyperosmolarity leads to the down-regulation of 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3)-induced osteoclastogenesis, suppressing Runx2 and RANKL expression due to the TonEBP overexpression in osteoblastic cells.
Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 06/2010; 14(3):169-76. DOI:10.4196/kjpp.2010.14.3.169 · 1.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: RANKL (receptor activator of NF-κB ligand) induces osteoclastogenesis by activating multiple signaling pathways in osteoclast
precursor cells, chief among which is induction of long lasting oscillations in the intracellular concentration of Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i). The [Ca2+]i oscillations activate calcineurin, which activates the transcription factor NFATc1. The pathway by which RANKL induces [Ca2+]i oscillations and osteoclastogenesis is poorly understood. Here we report the discovery of a novel pathway induced by RANKL
to cause a long lasting increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) and [Ca2+]i oscillations that is essential for differentiation of bone marrow-derived monocytes into osteoclasts. The pathway includes
RANKL-mediated stimulation of Rac1 to generate ROS, which stimulate phospholipase Cγ1 to evoke [Ca2+]i oscillations by stimulating Ca2+ release from the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate pool and STIM1-regulated Ca2+ influx. Induction and activation of the pathway is observed only after 24-h stimulation with RANKL and lasts for at least
3 days. The physiological role of the pathway is demonstrated in mice with deletion of the Peroxiredoxin II gene and results in a mark increase is ROS and, consequently, a decrease in bone density. Moreover, bone marrow-derived monocytes
in PrxII−/− primary culture show increased ROS and spontaneous [Ca2+]i oscillations. These findings identify the primary RANKL-stimulated pathway to trigger the late stages of osteoclastogenesis
and regulate bone resorption.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A mutation of Atp2a2 gene encoding the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase 2 (SERCA2) causes Darier's disease in human and null mutation in one copy of Atp2a2 leads to a high incidence of squamous cell tumor in a mouse model. In SERCA2 heterozygote (SERCA2(+/-)) mice keratinocytes, mechanisms involved in partial depletion of SERCA2 gene and its related tumor induction have not been studied. In this study, we investigated Ca(2+) signaling and differential gene expression in primary cultured keratinocytes from SERCA2(+/-) mice. SERCA2(+/-) keratinocytes showed reduced initial increases in intracellular concentration of calcium in response to ATP, a G-protein coupled receptor agonist, and higher store-operated Ca(2+) entry with the treatment of thapsigargin, an inhibitor of SERCA, compared to wild type kerationcytes. Protein expressions of plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPases, NFATc1, phosphorylated ERK, JNK, and phospholipase gamma1 were increased in SERCA2(+/-) keratinocytes. Using the gene fishing system, we first found in SERCA2(+/-) keratinocytes that gene level of tumor-associated calcium signal transducer 1, crystalline alphaB, procollagen XVIII alpha1, and nuclear factor I-B were increased. Expression of involucrin, a marker of keratinocyte differentiation, was decreased in SERCA2(+/-) keratinocytes. These results suggest that the alterations of Ca(2+) signaling by SERCA2 haploinsufficiency alternate the gene expression of tumor induction and differentiation in keratinocytes.
Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 10/2009; 103(1):81-7. DOI:10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2009.10.005 · 2.27 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: RANKL is essential for the terminal differentiation of monocytes/macrophages into osteoclasts. RANKL induces long-lasting oscillations in the intracellular concentration of Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](i)) only after 24 h of stimulation. These Ca(2+) oscillations play a switch-on role in NFATc1 expression and osteoclast differentiation. Which Ca(2+) transporting pathway is induced by RANKL to evoke the Ca(2+) oscillations and its specific role in RANKL-mediated osteoclast differentiation is not known. This study examined the effect of a partial loss of sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase type 2 (SERCA2) on osteoclast differentiation in SERCA2 heterozygote mice (SERCA2(+/-)). The BMD in the tibias of SERCA2(+/-) mice increased >1.5-fold compared with wildtype mice (WT). RANKL-induced [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations were generated 48 h after RANKL treatment in the WT mice but not in the SERCA2(+/-) bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs). Forty-eight hours after RANKL treatment, there was a lower level of NFATc1 protein expression and markedly reduced translocation of NFATc1 into the nucleus during osteoclastogenesis of the SERCA2(+/-) BMMs. In addition, RANKL treatment of SERCA2(+/-) BMMs incompletely induced formation of multinucleated cells, leading to reduced bone resorption activity. These results suggest that RANKL-mediated induction of SERCA2 plays a critical role in the RANKL-induced [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations that are essential for osteoclastogenesis.
Journal of bone and mineral research: the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 06/2009; 24(10):1763-9. DOI:10.1359/jbmr.090420 · 6.83 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The effect of the potent soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) inhibitor 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ) on neurite outgrowth and retraction was investigated in PC12 cells and SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. ODQ inhibited neurite outgrowth and triggered neurite retraction in the cells stimulated with nerve growth factor (NGF), staurosporine, or Y-27632. The nitric oxide (NO) scavenger 2-(4-carboxyphenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-imidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide (PTIO) had little effect on neurite outgrowth induced by Y-27632 or staurosporine. In the presence of ODQ, treatment of the cells with the cell-permeable cGMP analogue 8-bromo-cGMP failed to retrigger Y-27632- and staurosporine-induced neurite outgrowth. Furthermore, the depletion of sGC by RNA interference failed to prevent Y-27632- and staurosporine-induced neurite outgrowth. These results indicate that the NO/sGC/cGMP signaling cascade is not critically involved in ODQ-induced neurite remodeling. The MEK inhibitor PD98059 did not inhibit neurite outgrowth, and Y-27632 and staurosporine did not induce ERK phosphorylation, suggesting that the inhibitory effect of ODQ on neurite outgrowth is independent of the ERK signaling pathway. In contrast, pretreatment with dithionite or a hemin-glutathione mixture reversed the inhibitory effect of ODQ on Y-27632- and staurosporine-induced neurite outgrowth, indicating that ODQ might act on an intracellular redox-sensitive molecule. We conclude that ODQ inhibits Y-27632- and staurosporine-induced neurite outgrowth and triggers neurite retraction in an sGC-independent manner in neuronal cells and suggest that oxidation of unidentified redox-sensitive protein could be responsible for these effects.
Journal of Neuroscience Research 01/2009; 87(1):269-77. DOI:10.1002/jnr.21838 · 2.59 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mammalian chitinase released by airway epithelia is thought to be an important mediator of disease manifestation in an experimental model of asthma. However, the intracellular signaling mechanisms engaged by exogenous chitinase in human airway epithelial cells are unknown. Here, we investigated the direct effects of exogenous chitinase from Streptomyces griseus on Ca(2+) signaling in human airway epithelial cells. Spectrofluorometry was used to measure intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) in fura-2-AM-loaded cells. S. griseus chitinase induced dose-dependent [Ca(2+)](i) increases in normal human bronchial epithelial cells and promoted [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations in H292 cells. Chitinase-induced [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations were independent of extracellular Ca(2+), suggesting that the observed [Ca(2+)](i) increases were due to Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores. Accordingly, after depleting endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) with the ER Ca(2+) ATPase inhibitor, thapsigargin, chitinase-mediated [Ca(2+)](i) increases were abolished. Treatment with the phospholipase C (PLC) inhibitor U73122 or the 1, 4, 5-trisinositolphosphate (IP(3)) receptor inhibitor 2-APB attenuated chitinase-induced [Ca(2+)](i) increases. Desensitization of protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) by repetitive agonist stimulation or siRNA-mediated PAR-2 knock-down revealed that chitinase-mediated [Ca(2+)](i) increases were exclusively mediated by PAR-2 activation. Finally, chitinase was found to cleave a model peptide representing the cleavage site of PAR-2 and enhanced IL-8 production. These results indicate that exogenous chitinase is a potent proteolytic activator of PAR-2 that can directly induce PLC/IP(3)-dependent Ca(2+) signaling in human airway epithelial cells.
American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 06/2008; 39(5):530-5. DOI:10.1165/rcmb.2007-0410OC · 3.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive sphingolipid metabolite, regulates multiple cellular responses such as Ca(2+) signaling, growth, survival, and differentiation. Because sphingosine kinase (SphK) is the enzyme directly responsible for production of S1P, many factors have been identified that regulate its activity and subsequent S1P levels. Here we synthesized a previously unidentified SphK activator, K6PC-5, and have studied its effects on intracellular Ca(2+) signaling in HaCaT cells and epidermal differentiation in murine skin. K6PC-5, a hydrophobic compound chemically named N-(1,3-dihydroxyisopropyl)-2-hexyl-3-oxo-decanamide, activated SphK (obtained from C57BL/6 murine blood and F9-12 cell lysates) in a dose-dependent manner. K6PC-5 induced both intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) oscillations in HaCaT cells and Ca(2+) mobilization in hairless mouse epidermis. Both dimethylsphingosine (DMS) and dihydroxysphingosine (DHS), SphK inhibitors, and transfection of SphK1-siRNA blocked K6PC-5-induced increases in [Ca(2+)](i). The K6PC-5-induced [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations were dependent on thapsigargin-sensitive Ca(2+) stores and Ca(2+) entry, but independent of the classical phospholipase C-mediated pathway. In addition, K6PC-5 enhanced the expression of involucrin and filaggrin, specific differentiation-associated marker proteins in HaCaT cells, whereas transfection of SphK1-siRNA blocked the increase of involucrin. Topical K6PC-5 also enhanced the expression of involucrin, loricrin, filaggrin, and keratin 5 in intact murine epidermis. Finally, topical K6PC-5 inhibited epidermal hyperplasia by exerting antiproliferative effects on keratinocytes in murine epidermis. These results suggest that K6PC-5 acts to regulate both differentiation and proliferation of keratinocytes via [Ca(2+)](i) responses through S1P production. Thus, regulation of S1P levels may represent a novel approach for treatment of skin disorders characterized by abnormal differentiation and proliferation, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA), encoded by ATP2A2, is an essential component for G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-dependent Ca2+ signaling. However, whether the changes in Ca2+ signaling and Ca2+ signaling proteins in parotid acinar cells are affected by a partial loss of SERCA2 are not known.
In SERCA2+/- mouse parotid gland acinar cells, Ca2+ signaling, expression levels of Ca2+ signaling proteins, and amylase secretion were investigated.
SERCA2+/- mice showed decreased SERCA2 expression and an upregulation of the plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase. A partial loss of SERCA2 changed the expression level of 1, 4, 5-tris-inositolphosphate receptors (IP3Rs), but the localization and activities of IP3Rs were not altered. In SERCA2+/- mice, muscarinic stimulation resulted in greater amylase release, and the expression of synaptotagmin was increased compared to wild type mice.
These results suggest that a partial loss of SERCA2 affects the expression and activity of Ca2+ signaling proteins in the parotid gland acini, however, overall Ca2+ signaling is unchanged.
Yonsei Medical Journal 05/2008; 49(2):311-21. DOI:10.3349/ymj.2008.49.2.311 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In non-excitable cells, which include parotid and pancreatic acinar cells, Ca(2+) entry is triggered via a mechanism known as capacitative Ca(2+) entry, or store-operated Ca(2+) entry. This process is initiated by the perception of the filling state of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the depletion of internal Ca(2+) stores, which acts as an important factor triggering Ca(2+) entry. However, both the mechanism of store-mediated Ca(2+) entry and the molecular identity of store-operated Ca(2+) channel (SOCC) remain uncertain.
In the present study we investigated the Ca(2+) entry initiation site evoked by depletion of ER to identify the localization of SOCC in mouse parotid and pancreatic acinar cells with microfluorometeric imaging system.
Treatment with thapsigargin (Tg), an inhibitor of sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase, in an extracellular Ca(2+) free state, and subsequent exposure to a high external calcium state evoked Ca(2+) entry, while treatment with lanthanum, a non-specific blocker of plasma Ca(2+) channel, completely blocked Tg-induced Ca(2+) entry. Microfluorometric imaging showed that Tg-induced Ca(2+) entry started at a basal membrane, not a apical membrane.
These results suggest that Ca2+ entry by depletion of the ER initiates at the basal pole in polarized exocrine cells and may help to characterize the nature of SOCC.
Yonsei Medical Journal 07/2007; 48(3):526-30. · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose
In non-excitable cells, which include parotid and pancreatic acinar cells, Ca2+ entry is triggered via a mechanism known as capacitative Ca2+ entry, or store-operated Ca2+ entry. This process is initiated by the perception of the filling state of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the depletion of internal Ca2+ stores, which acts as an important factor triggering Ca2+ entry. However, both the mechanism of store-mediated Ca2+ entry and the molecular identity of store-operated Ca2+ channel (SOCC) remain uncertain.
Materials and Methods
In the present study we investigated the Ca2+ entry initiation site evoked by depletion of ER to identify the localization of SOCC in mouse parotid and pancreatic acinar cells with microfluorometeric imaging system.
Treatment with thapsigargin (Tg), an inhibitor of sarco/ endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase, in an extracellular Ca2+ free state, and subsequent exposure to a high external calcium state evoked Ca2+ entry, while treatment with lanthanum, a non-specific blocker of plasma Ca2+ channel, completely blocked Tg-induced Ca2+ entry. Microfluorometric imaging showed that Tg-induced Ca2+ entry started at a basal membrane, not a apical membrane.
These results suggest that Ca2+ entry by depletion of the ER initiates at the basal pole in polarized exocrine cells and may help to characterize the nature of SOCC.
Yonsei Medical Journal 06/2007; 48(3). DOI:10.3349/ymj.2007.48.3.526 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To test the antiadherent and antibacterial properties of surface modification of orthodontic wires with photocatalytic titanium oxide (TiO(2)).
TiO(2) was coated on the surface of the orthodontic wires by a sol-gel thin film dip-coating method. Bacterial adhesion to the wires was evaluated by the weight change of the wires. The antibacterial activity of the surface-modified orthodontic wires was demonstrated by the dilution agar plate method for Streptococcus mutans and spectrophotometry for Porphyromonas gingivalis.
The orthodontic wires coated with the photocatalytic TiO(2) showed an antiadherent effect against S. mutans compared with the uncoated wires. The bacterial mass that bound to the TiO(2)-coated orthodontic wires remained unchanged, whereas that of the uncoated wires increased by 4.97%. Furthermore, the TiO(2)-coated orthodontic wires had a bactericidal effect on S. mutans and P. gingivalis, which cause dental caries and periodontitis, respectively. The antiadherent and antibacterial mechanisms of TiO(2) to break down the cell wall of those bacteria were revealed by scanning electron microscopy.
The surface modification of orthodontic wires with photocatalytic TiO(2) can be used to prevent the development of dental plaque during orthodontic treatment.
The Angle Orthodontist 06/2007; 77(3):483-8. DOI:10.2319/0003-3219(2007)077[0483:SMOOWW]2.0.CO;2 · 1.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The development of gustatory papillae in mammalian embryos requires the coordination of a series of morphological events, such as proliferation, differentiation and innervation. In mice, the circumvallate papilla (CVP) is a specialized structure that develops in a characteristic spatial and temporal pattern in the posterior region of the tongue dorsal surface. The distinct expression patterns of Shh and Ptc, which play important roles in the development of other epithelial appendages, have been localized in the trench wall that gives rise to von Ebner's gland (VEG). To define the cellular mechanisms responsible for morphogenesis and differentiation during early development of CVP and VEG, the localization patterns of keratins (cytokeratins) K7, K8, K18, K19, K14 and connexin-43, which are dependent on Shh expression in other developmental systems, have been examined in detail. The distinct localization of keratins K7, K8, K18, K19, K14 and connexin-43 in the epithelium giving rise to the CVP and VEG suggests that cytodifferentiation is established prior to morphological changes. Interestingly, the localization of proliferating cell nuclear antigen, a marker for cell proliferation, is similar to that of Shh. An understanding of the regulatory roles of cell-cell interactions and signalling molecules in orchestrating a mutual network will bring us nearer to defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying morphogenesis in mammalian taste bud development.
Cell and Tissue Research 09/2006; 325(2):253-61. DOI:10.1007/s00441-006-0160-1 · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Reactive oxygen species, such as the superoxide anion, H2O2, and the hydroxyl radical, have been considered as cytotoxic by-products of cellular metabolism. However, recent studies have provided evidence that H2O2 serves as a signaling molecule modulating various physiological functions. Here we investigated the effect of H2O2 on the regulation of intracellular Ca2+ signaling in rat cortical astrocytes. H2O2 triggered the generation of oscillations of intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in a concentration-dependent manner over the range 10-100 microM. The H2O2-induced [Ca2+]i oscillations persisted in the absence of extracellular Ca2+ and were prevented by depletion of intracellular Ca2+ stores with thapsigargin. The H2O2-induced [Ca2+]i oscillations were not inhibited by pretreatment with ryanodine but were prevented by 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate and caffeine, known antagonists of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors. H2O2 activated phospholipase C (PLC) gamma1 in a dose-dependent manner, and U73122, an inhibitor of PLC, completely abolished the H2O2-induced [Ca2+]i oscillations. In addition, RNA interference against PLCgamma1 and the expression of the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-sequestering "sponge" prevented the generation of [Ca2+]i oscillations. H2O2-induced [Ca2+]i oscillations and PLC1 phosphorylation were inhibited by pretreatment with dithiothreitol, a sulfhydryl-reducing agent. Finally, epidermal growth factor induced H2O2 production, PLCgamma1 activation, and [Ca2+]i increases, which were attenuated by N-acetylcysteine and diphenyleneiodonium and by the overexpression of peroxiredoxin type II. Therefore, we conclude that low concentrations of exogenously applied H2O2 generate [Ca2+]i oscillations by activating PLCgamma1 through sulfhydryl oxidation-dependent mechanisms. Furthermore, we show that this mechanism underlies the modulatory effect of endogenously produced H2O2 on epidermal growth factor-induced Ca2+ signaling in rat cortical astrocytes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Synaptotagmin is a Ca2+ sensing protein, which triggers a fusion of synaptic vesicles in neuronal transmission. Little is known regarding the expression of Ca2+-dependent synaptotagmin isoforms and their contribution to the release of secretory vesicles in mouse and rat parotid acinar cells. We investigated a type of Ca2+-dependent synaptotagmin and Ca2+ signaling in both rat and mouse parotid acinar cells using RT-PCR, microfluorometry, and amylase assay. Mouse parotid acinar cells exhibited much more sensitive amylase release in response to muscarinic stimulation than did rat parotid acinar cells. However, transient [Ca2+]i increases and Ca2+ influx in response to muscarinic stimulation in both cells were identical, suggesting that the expression or activity of the Ca2+ sensing proteins is different. Seven Ca2+-dependent synaptotagmins, from 1 to 7, were expressed in the mouse parotid acinar cells. However, in the rat parotid acinar cells, only synaptotagmins 1, 3, 4 and 7 were expressed. These results indicate that the expression of Ca2+-dependent synaptotagmins may contribute to the release of secretory vesicles in parotid acinar cells.
Yonsei Medical Journal 03/2006; 47(1):70-7. DOI:10.3349/ymj.2006.47.1.70 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The morphogenesis of fungiform papillae occurs in a stereotyped pattern on the dorsal surface of the mammalian tongue via epithelial-mesenchymal interactions. These interactions are thought to be achieved via intercellular communication. Gap junctions can be observed in many developing tissues and have been suggested to participate in a variety of functions, including the regulation of cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Here, we demonstrate that the expression of Connexin 43 (Cx43), a gap junction protein, is correlated significantly with the development of fungiform papillae, which exhibit a pattern formation and morphogenesis similar to the development of other epithelial appendages. Antisense-oligodeoxynucleotide (AS-ODN) against Cx43 was used to assess the developmental functions of Cx43. The expression patterns of the signaling molecules were disrupted by Cx43 inhibition. Interestingly, the expression patterns of Shh, a key molecule in the determination of the spacing patterns of fungiform papillae, were disturbed after treatment with Cx43 AS-ODN. We have also attempted to determine the functions of Bmp-2 by applying NOGGIN protein to tongue cultures. Our results indicate that upstream regulation via Cx43 controls the Shh and Bmp-2 pathways for the morphogenesis and pattern formation of fungiform papillae.
Cell and Tissue Research 07/2005; 320(3):409-15. DOI:10.1007/s00441-005-1091-y · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We previously reported that rebamipide (2-(4-chlorobenzoylamino)-3-[2(1H)-quinolinon-4-yl]-propionic acid) generated oscillations of intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) probably through the activation of cholecystokinin type 1 (CCK1) receptors in rat pancreatic acinar cells. Therefore, in the present study, we aimed to establish the pharmacological characteristics of rebamipide in rat pancreatic acinar cells. CCK-8S and rebamipide inhibited [125I]BH-CCK-8S binding to rat pancreatic acinar cell membranes with IC50 values of 3.13 nM and 37.7 microM, respectively. CCK-8S usually evoked [Ca2+]i oscillations at concentrations lower than 50 pM, and it induced biphasic [Ca2+]i increases at higher concentrations. In contrast to CCK-8S, rebamipide only induced [Ca2+]i oscillations at all the concentrations we used in this study. In addition, rebamipide was shown to inhibit high concentrations of CCK-8S-induced biphasic increases in [Ca2+]i, suggesting that rebamipide might be a partial agonist at cholecystokinin CCK1 receptors. Although rebamipide induced [Ca2+]i oscillations by activating the cholecystokinin CCK1 receptors, rebamipide did not cause amylase release and only inhibited CCK-stimulated amylase release reversibly and dose-dependently. However, rebamipide did not inhibit carbachol-, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP)-, and forskolin-induced amylase releases. These data indicate that rebamipide functions as a partial agonist for Ca2+ -mobilizing action, and it is also an antagonist for the amylase-releasing action of CCK.
European Journal of Pharmacology 12/2004; 505(1-3):61-6. DOI:10.1016/j.ejphar.2004.10.032 · 2.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The German cockroach has been reported to act as an allergen that might be associated with a protease reaction in asthma. However, the molecular identities of the antigens in German cockroach extract (GCE) with protease activity and the protease-activated receptors (PARs) that are activated by GCE in human airway epithelial cells have not been characterized.
We investigated the direct effect of GCE on Ca(2+) signaling in human airway epithelial cells and the type of PARs activated by GCE.
The Ca(2+)-sensitive dye Fura2 was used to determine intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) by means of spectrofluorometry.
GCE induced a baseline type of [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations in a dose-dependent manner. The oscillations persisted for long periods of time in the absence of Ca(2+) entry across the plasma membrane, suggesting that the observed [Ca(2+)](i) increases were due to Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores. Accordingly, after depleting endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) with thapsigargin, an endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase inhibitor, the GCE-mediated [Ca(2+)](i) signals were abolished. Whereas desensitization of PAR-1, PAR-3, and PAR-4 had no effect on GCE-mediated Ca(2+) mobilization, no GCE-mediated [Ca(2+)](i) increase was observed after desensitization of PAR-2.
These results indicate that GCE has a direct effect on human airway epithelial cells, in particular generating [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations through Ca(2+) release from thapsigargin-sensitive Ca(2+) stores through activation of PAR-2.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 03/2004; 113(2):315-9. DOI:10.1016/j.jaci.2003.11.026 · 11.48 Impact Factor