A transient increase in diacylglycerols is associated with the action of vasopressin on hepatocytes

Biochem J. 1984 Sep 1;222(2):535-40. doi: 10.1042/bj2220535.


Vasopressin induced a transient increase of 50% in the total concentration of diacylglycerols (determined by g.l.c.) in isolated hepatocytes. The increase was maximal at 0.25 min, and the concentration of diacylglycerols in cells treated with vasopressin had returned to the basal value by 4 min. No change in the concentration of diacylglycerols was observed after the treatment of cells with glucagon. The dependency of this effect on the concentration of vasopressin was similar to that of the effect of the hormone on 45Ca2+ efflux measured at 0.1 mM extracellular Ca2+. Vasopressin increased the proportion of arachidonic acid and stearic acid and decreased the proportion of oleic acid present in the diacylglycerols. In hepatocytes prelabelled with [14C]arachidonic acid, vasopressin increased the amount of [14C]diacylglycerol. The effects of vasopressin on the total concentration of diacylglycerols and [14C]diacylglycerol were mimicked by an exogenous phospholipid phosphodiesterase (phospholipase C) from Clostridium perfringens. The results are consistent with the conclusion that the transient increase in diacylglycerols induced by vasopressin is caused by the rapid hydrolysis of both the phosphoinositides and one or more other phospholipids.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arginine Vasopressin / pharmacology*
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Diglycerides / metabolism*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Glycerides / metabolism*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Liver / cytology
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Time Factors


  • Diglycerides
  • Fatty Acids
  • Glycerides
  • Arginine Vasopressin