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Expression and characterization of protein kinase C in isolated rabbit parietal cells.

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We investigated the expression, characterization and distribution of protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes in isolated rabbit parietal cells (PC). Cellular extracts of PC were analyzed by Western blot using isozyme-specific antibodies. The Ca2+-independent PKC-epsilon was detected in cytosolic, membrane and cytoskeletal fractions of basal and histamine-stimulated PC, whereas the Ca2+-dependent PKC-alpha was confined to the cytosolic and membrane fractions. Cytosolic and membrane fractions were partially purified by DEAE cellulose column chromatography with elution of increasing NaCl concentration. Eluates of 0.15 M and 0.3 M NaCl PC fractions were identified as PKC-alpha and -epsilon isoforms, respectively. Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (TPA) treatment of PC for 15, 30 and 60 sec decreased significantly cytosolic PKC-alpha and increased membrane-associated PKC-alpha. In contrast to the distribution of PKC-alpha, TPA did not alter membrane or cytosolic level of PKC-epsilon. Comparison of the dose-response curves between TPA-induced hydrogen (H+) secretion, as measured by aminopyrine (AP) uptake, and the membrane-associated PKC-alpha suggests that translocation of PKC-alpha is not involved in the H+ secretory process in PC. Furthermore, a PKC inhibitor, staurosporine, produced a concentration-dependent enhancement of histamine-stimulated H+ secretion. These findings suggest that PKC-alpha plays a negative modulatory role, rather than an obligatory role, in H+ secretion. The localization and distribution of PKC-epsilon into the cytoskeletal fraction of PC also suggests that this isozyme may be involved in the cellular regulation of reversible morphological transformation during stimulation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA.

Publication date: May 1, 1999

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