PubMed 9890627

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Automatically associated channels: Kir1.1 , Kv1.3

Title: Regulation of K+ channel mRNA expression by stimulation of adenosine A2a-receptors in cultured rat microglia.

Authors: B M Küst, K Biber, D van Calker, P J Gebicke-Haerter

Journal, date & volume: Glia, 1999 Jan 15 , 25, 120-30

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Previous investigations suggest that the expression of K+ channels in cultured rat microglia is related to the activation status of these cells. Both, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and agents that raise intracellular cyclic AMP have been shown to inhibit microglial proliferation. LPS also regulates the mRNA expression levels of K+ channels in cultured microglia, which led us to investigate possible regulatory interactions between K+ channels and adenosine A2a-receptors, which are coupled to the cAMP-signal transduction pathway. The selective adenosine A2a-receptor agonist CGS 21680 induced enhanced mRNA expression of both Kv1.3 and ROMK1, as well as an elevation of Kv1.3 protein. The selective adenosine A2a-receptor antagonist aminophenol (ZM 241385) and the nonselective antagonist 8-phenyltheophylline (8-PT) inhibited these effects. Elevations of cyclic AMP by use of dibutyryl cyclic AMP (dbcAMP), phosphodiesterase-inhibitor (RO 20-1724), forskolin, or cholera toxin (CTX), strongly enhanced Kv1.3-mRNA expression, but decreased ROMK1-mRNA levels. Results from experiments with actinomycin D suggest that K+ channel mRNA levels in cultured microglia were regulated by altered mRNA synthesis. Evidently, the CGS 21680-induced effects upon Kv1.3 were mediated via an increase in intracellular cyclic AMP, whereas ROMK1-mRNA expression appeared to be regulated by coupling of adenosine A2a-receptors to an alternative pathway, which involves activation of protein kinase C (PKC). It is concluded that the cyclic AMP second messenger system in microglia is not only involved in regulation of K+ channel activity, but also in regulation of de novo K+ channel synthesis.