Activation of phospholipase C and guanylyl cyclase by endothelins in human trabecular meshwork cells

M. Sabbir Reza Haque, Iok Hou Pang, Peggy E. Magnino, Louis DeSantis

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Purpose. To characterize effects of endothelins on activities of phospholipase C (PLC) and nucleotide cyclases in human trabecular meshwork (TM) cells. Methods. Cultured simian virus 40-transformed human TM (HTM-3) or non-transformed (HTM-16) cells were used. Changes in the PLC activity were determined by assaying the production of [3H] inositol phosphates. Accumulation of cyclic GMP or cyclic AMP in cell lysate was measured by radioimmunoassay. Results. Endothelin-1 (ET-1; 1 μM) stimulated PLC in HTM-16 cells, but Sarafotoxin S6c (SRTX), an ET(B) receptor subtype-selective agonist (1 μM), did not. Similar results were obtained in HTM-3 cells: ET-1, but not ET-3 or SRTX, activated PLC in a dose-dependent manner, with a calculated EC50 of 646 pM. The peptide also stimulated the accumulation of cGMP in a concentration-dependent manner with an EC50 of 37.2 pM. ET-3 or SRTX was not effective except at much higher concentrations. Both the PLC and guanylyl cyclase stimulation induced by ET-1 (10 nM) were completely inhibited by pretreating the cells with BQ-123 (< 10 μM), an ET(A) receptor selective antagonist, but not by BQ-788 (10 μM), an ET(B) receptor subtype-specific antagonist. Neither ET-1 nor ET-3 stimulated adenylyl cyclase activity in HTM-3 cells at concentration as high as 1 μM. Conclusion. ET-1 activates PLC and guanylyl cyclase in TM cells. Potency profiles of ET receptor agonists and antagonists suggest that the ET(A) receptor subtype is involved in both actions of ET-1. The effects of the ET peptides in TM cells are interesting and could be part of the mechanism of their IOP-lowering effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-1117
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Eye Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Cyclic adenosine monophosphate
  • Cyclic guanosine monophosphate
  • Endothelin
  • Guanylate (guanylyl) cyclase
  • Human
  • Phospholipase C
  • Trabecular meshwork cell


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