Stimulation of the neurokinin 3 receptor activates protein kinase Cepsilon and protein kinase D in enteric neurons

Daniel Poole, Silvia Amadesi, E Rozengurt, M Thacker, Nigel Bunnett, John Furness

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Tachykinins, acting through NK3 receptors (NK3R), contribute to excitatory transmission to intrinsic primary afferent neurons (IPANs) of the small intestine. Although this transmission is dependent on protein kinase C (PKC), its maintenance could depend on protein kinase D (PKD), a downstream target of PKC. Here we show that PKD1/2-immunoreactivity occurred exclusively in IPANs of the guinea pig ileum, demonstrated by double staining with the IPAN marker NeuN. PKCI was also colocalized with PKD1/2 in IPANs. PKCI and PKD1/2 trafficking was studied in enteric neurons within whole mounts of the ileal wall. In untreated preparations, PKCI and PKD1/2 were cytosolic and no signal for activated (phosphorylated) PKD was detected. The NK3R agonist senktide evoked a transient translocation of PKCI and PKD1/2 from the cytosol to the plasma membrane and induced PKD1/2 phosphorylation at the plasma membrane. PKCI translocation was maximal at 10 s and returned to the cytosol within 2 min. Phosphorylated-PKD1/2 was detected at the plasma membrane within 15 s and translocated to the cytosol by 2 min, where it remained active up to 30 min after NK3R stimulation. PKD1/2 activation was reduced by a PKCI inhibitor and prevented by NK3R inhibition. NK3Rmediated PKCI and PKD activation was confirmed in HEK293 cells transiently expressing NK3R and green fluorescent protein-tagged PKCI, PKD1, PKD2, or PKD3. Senktide caused membrane translocation and activation of kinases within 30 s. After 15 min, phosphorylated PKD had returned to the cytosol. PKD activation was confirmed through Western blotting. Thus stimulation of NK3R activates PKCI and PKD in sequence, and sequential activation of these kinases may account for rapid and prolonged modulation of IPAN function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245 - 1256
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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