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The Chinese journal of physiology

NPC-15199, a novel anti-inflammatory agent, mobilizes intracellular Ca2+ in bladder female transitional carcinoma (BFTC) cells.


PMID 10857466

Abstract

This report demonstrates that NPC-15199 [(N-(9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl)L-leucine)], a novel anti-inflammatory agent, increases intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in human bladder female transitional cancer (BFTC) cells. Using fura-2 as a Ca2+ probe, NPC-15199 (0.1-2 mM) was found to increase [Ca2+]i concentration-dependently. The response saturated at 2-5 mM NPC-15199. The [Ca2+]i increase comprised an initial rise, a slow decay, and a plateau. Ca2+ removal partly inhibited the Ca2+ signals. In Ca2+-free medium, pretreatment with 1 mM NPC-15199 abolished the [Ca2+]i increase induced by 1 microM thapsigargin (an endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ pump inhibitor); and after pretreatment with thapsigargin, NPC-15199-induced Ca2+ release was dramatically inhibited. This indicates that NPC-15199 released internal Ca2+ mostly from the endoplasmic reticulum. Adding 3 mM Ca2+ increased [Ca2+]i in cells pretreated with 1 mM NPC-15199 in Ca2+-free medium. Together, the findings suggest that in BFTC bladder cancer cells, NPC-15199 induced Ca2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum and activating Ca2+ entry.

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