Author(s): Borda E, Heizig G, Busch L, SterinBorda L
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Abstract It is known that nitric oxide modulates the prostaglandin generation. However, little is known about the regulatory action of prostaglandin on nitric oxide production. There is a molecular cross-talk between nitric oxide and prostaglandin. Here, we examined biochemical signalling pathways coupled to the prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) receptor related to nitric oxide synthase stimulation in rat submandibular gland. PGE(2) through the stimulation of its own receptor, triggered activation of phosphoinositide turnover (IPs), translocation of protein kinase C (PKC), stimulation of nitric oxide synthase activity (NOS) and increased production of cyclic GMP (cGMP). PGE(2) stimulation of NOS and cGMP production was blunted by agents interfering with calcium influx, calcium/calmodulin and phospholipase C (PLC) activities; while PKC inhibitor was able to stimulate PGE(2) effects. PGE(2) did not evoke amylase release, indicating that NOS/ cGMP pathway were not associated with this enzyme secretion. Our results suggest that this prostanoid could act as vasoactive chemical mediator through its ability to activate NOS-cGMP pathway via own gland membrane receptor. Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.
This article was published in Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids
and referenced in Dentistry