IMR Press / FBL / Volume 9 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.2741/1314

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Regulation of cell surface expression of voltage-dependent Nav1.7 sodium channels: mRNA stability and posttranscriptional control in adrenal chromaffin cells

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1 Department of Pharmacology, Miyazaki Medical College, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2004, 9(2), 1954–1966;
Published: 1 May 2004

Regulated expression of Na+ channels is indispensable to physiological events, whereas dysregulated expression of otherwise silent or even normal Na+ channel isoforms causes Na+ channelopathies; however, the regulatory mechanisms remain unknown. In quiescent cultured bovine adrenal chromaffin cells, constitutive phosphorylation/activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase-1 (ERK1) and ERK2 destabilized Nav l.7 Na+ channel alpha-subunit mRNA and decreased its level without altering alpha-subunit gene transcription, thus negatively regulating steady-state level of Na+ channels. Activation of protein kinase C (PKC) down-regulated Na+ channels via PKC isoform-specific mechanisms; conventional PKC-alpha promoted endocytic internalization of Na+ channels, whereas novel PKC-epsilon destabilized alpha-subunit mRNA without altering its gene transcription. Long-lasting (but not short-term) increase of cytoplasmic Ca2+ down-regulated Na+ channels; a slowly-developing moderate increase of Ca2+ activated PKC-alpha and calpain, promoting internalization of Na+ channels, whereas an immediate monophasic and salient plateau increase of Ca2+ lowered alpha- and beta1-subunit mRNA levels. Calcineurin, or FK506 binding protein- and rapamycin-associated protein (FRAP), a serine/threonine protein kinase, down-regulated, whereas insulin receptor tyrosine kinase or protein kinase A (PKA) up-regulated, Na+ channels via modulating Na+ channel internalization, and/or Na+ channel externalization from the trans-Golgi network. Neuroprotective, antiepiletic, antipsychotic, and local anesthetic drugs up-regulated Na+ channels via transcriptional/translational events.

Sodium channel
mRNA stability
Protein kinase C
Neuroprotective drug
Adrenal chromaffin cell
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