Y1 receptors for neuropeptide Y are coupled to mobilization of intracellular calcium and inhibition of adenylate cyclase

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L Aakerlund, U Gether, J Fuhlendorff, T W Schwartz, Ole Thastrup

Two types of binding sites have previously been described for neuropeptide Y (NPY), called Y1 and Y2 receptors. The intracellular events following Y1 receptor activation was studied in the human neuroblastoma cell line SK-N-MC. Both NPY and the specific Y1 receptor ligand, [Leu31,Pro34]-NPY, caused a rapid and transient increase in the concentration of free calcium in the cytoplasm as measured by the fluorescent probe, Fura-2. The effect of both peptides was independent of extracellular calcium as addition of EGTA or manganese neither changed the size nor the shape of the calcium response. The calcium response to NPY was abolished by pretreatment with thapsigargin, which can selectively deplete a calcium store in the endoplasmic reticulum. Y1 receptor stimulation, by both NPY and [Leu31,Pro34]NPY, also inhibited the forskolin-stimulated cAMP production with an EC50 of 3.5 nM. There was a close relation between the receptor binding and the cellular effects as half-maximal displacement of [125I-Tyr36]monoiodoNPY from the receptor was obtained with 2.1 nM NPY. The Y2-specific ligand NPY(16-36)peptide had no effect on either intracellular calcium or cAMP levels in the SK-N-MC cells. It is concluded that Y1 receptor stimulation is associated with both mobilization of intracellular calcium and inhibition of adenylate cyclase activity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalF E B S Letters
Volume260
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)73-8
Number of pages6
ISSN0014-5793
Publication statusPublished - 1990

    Research areas

  • Adenylate Cyclase, Animals, Binding Sites, Calcium, Cytosol, Fluorescent Dyes, Forskolin, Intracellular Membranes, Neuroblastoma, Neuropeptide Y, Plant Extracts, Receptors, Neuropeptide Y, Receptors, Neurotransmitter, Swine, Thapsigargin, Tumor Cells, Cultured

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