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European journal of pharmacology

Effects of HA1077, a protein kinase inhibitor, on myosin phosphorylation and tension in smooth muscle.


PMID 1874276

Abstract

We examined the effects of HA1077, a potent inhibitor of protein kinases in vitro, on the relationship between tension and myosin-light chain (MLC20) phosphorylation in the initial phase of contraction of the rabbit aorta. The dose-response curve of HA1077 for MLC20 phosphorylation was to the left of the tension curve produced by 40 mM K+. In contrast, the potassium dose-response (15-100 mM) curves for tension and MLC20 phosphorylation were virtually identical. The nifedipine dose-response (1-3000 nM) curves for tension and MLC20 phosphorylation after 40 mM K(+)-stimulation were much the same. HA1077 inhibited the contraction induced by 30 microM prostaglandin F2 alpha (ED50 = 50 microM). Stimulation with prostaglandin F2 alpha induced both mono (MLC-P) and diphosphorylation (MLC-P2) of MLC20. In the presence of various concentrations of HA1077 (1-300 microM), the dose-response curves for MLC-P and MLC-P2 were also to the left of the tension curve. HA1077 inhibited MLC-P2 (ED50 less than microM) more effectively than it inhibited MLC-P (ED50 = 2.1 microM). These observations indicate that the relationship between tension and MLC20 phosphorylation involves inhibition of protein kinases by HA1077. The mechanism underlying the formation of MLC-P2 induced by prostaglandin F2 alpha may differ from that underlying MLC-P formation.

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