Activation of endogenous protein kinase C by halothane in synaptosomes.

TitleActivation of endogenous protein kinase C by halothane in synaptosomes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsHemmings HC, Adamo AI
Date Published1996 Mar
KeywordsAnesthetics, Inhalation, Animals, Calcium, Calcium Channels, Enzyme Activation, Halothane, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Male, Membrane Proteins, Phosphorylation, Protein Kinase C, Proteins, Rats, Rats, Sprague-Dawley, Synapsins, Synaptosomes

BACKGROUND: Protein kinase C is a signal transducing enzyme that is an important regulator of multiple physiologic processes and a potential molecular target for general anesthetic actions. However, the results of previous studies of the effects of general anesthetics on protein kinase C activation in vitro have been inconsistent.

METHODS: The effects of halothane on endogenous brain protein kinase C activation were analyzed in isolated rat cerebrocortical nerve terminals (synaptosomes) and in synaptic membranes. Protein kinase C activation was monitored by the phosphorylation of MARCKS, a specific endogenous substrate.

RESULTS: Halothane stimulated basal Ca2+ dependent phosphorylation of MARCKS (Mr = 83,000) in lysed synaptic membranes (2.1-fold; P< 0.01) and in intact synaptosomes (1.4-fold; P< 0.01). The EC50 for stimulation of MARCKS phosphorylation by halothene in synaptic membranes was 1.8 vol%. A selective peptide protein kinase C inhibitor, but not a protein phosphatase inhibitor (okadaic acid) or a peptide inhibitor of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II, another Ca2+/-dependent signal transducing enzyme, blocked halothane-stimulated MARCKS phosphorylation in synaptic membranes. Halothane did not affect the phosphorylation of synapsin 1, a synaptic vesicle-associated protein substrate for Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II and AMP-dependent protein kinase, in synaptic membranes or intact synaptosomes subjected to KC1-evoked depolarization. However, halothane stimulated synapsin 1 phosphorylation evoked by ionomycin (a Ca2+ ionophore that permeabilizes membranes to Ca2+) in intact synaptosomes.

CONCLUSIONS: Halothane acutely stimulated basal protein kinase C activity in synaptosomes when assayed with endogenous nerve terminal substrates, lipids, and protein kinase C. This effect appeared to be selective for protein kinases C, because two other structurally similar second messenger-regulated protein kinases were not affected. Direct determinations of anesthetic effects on endogenous protein kinase C activation, translocation, and/or down-regulation are necessary to determine the ultimate effect of anesthetics on the protein kinase C signaling pathway in intact cells.

Alternate JournalAnesthesiology
PubMed ID8659794