Identification of a B2-bradykinin receptor linked to phospholipase C and inhibition of dopamine stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation in the human astrocytoma cell line D384

Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 1992 Sep;346(3):303-10. doi: 10.1007/BF00173543.


We have examined the activation of a phospholipase C signal transduction pathway by a B2-bradykinin receptor in the human astrocytoma cell line D384 and how this influences D1-dopamine receptor stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation. Addition of bradykinin to D384 cells resulted in a concentration-dependent (10(-11)-10(-6) M) increase in the accumulation of [3H]inositol phosphates and a similar concentration-dependent transient increase in specific [3H]beta-phorbol-12,13-dibutyrate binding which is indicative of translocation of protein kinase C from the cytosol to the membrane. Changes in intracellular Ca2+ of single cells, measured using the fluorescent indicator dye fura-2, indicated that bradykinin produced a rapid, but transient, increase in intracellular calcium. The Ca2+ response was largely independent of extracellular Ca2+ supporting the idea that receptor activation leads to mobilization of Ca2+ from intracellular stores. However, extracellular Ca2+ was required for a response to a rechallenge with bradykinin. The bradykinin B2-receptor agonist kallidin increased cytosolic Ca2+ in a similar manner to bradykinin. The Ca2+ response to bradykinin could be partially reduced in the presence of the B2-receptor antagonist [D-Arg0-Hyp,D-Phe7,beta-(2-Thienyl)-Ala5,8]-bradykinin, whereas the B1-receptor agonists (Des-Arg9]-bradykinin and [Des-Arg10]-kallidin were ineffective. Bradykinin was also found to attenuate dopamine stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation in D384 cells, at similar concentrations previously observed to stimulate the phospholipase C signal transduction pathway, in the presence of the phosphodiesterase inhibitor, rolipram. In contrast, no attenuation was observed in the presence of the phosphodiesterase inhibitor 1-isobutyl 3-methylxanthine, although the level of dopamine stimulated cyclic AMP observed was lower than in the presence of rolipram.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Astrocytoma / metabolism*
  • Bradykinin / analogs & derivatives
  • Bradykinin / pharmacology
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Cyclic AMP / metabolism*
  • Dopamine / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Inositol Phosphates / metabolism
  • Ionomycin / pharmacology
  • Phorbol Esters / metabolism
  • Receptors, Bradykinin
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1 / drug effects
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1 / metabolism
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter / metabolism*
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Type C Phospholipases / metabolism*


  • Inositol Phosphates
  • Phorbol Esters
  • Receptors, Bradykinin
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter
  • Ionomycin
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Type C Phospholipases
  • Bradykinin
  • Calcium
  • Dopamine