Inorganic lead stimulates DNA synthesis in human astrocytoma cells

Role of protein kinase Cα

Hailing Lu, Marina Guizzetti, Lucio G. Costa

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Abstract

As lead has been shown to activate protein kinase C (PKC), and gliomas are reported to be highly dependent on PKC for their proliferation, this study was undertaken to investigate whether lead may act as a mitogen in human astrocytoma cells, and to determine the role of PKC in this effect. Lead acetate (from 100 nM to 100 μM) induced a concentration- and time-dependent increase in DNA synthesis, as measured by incorporation of [methyl-3H]thymidine into cell DNA, without causing any cytotoxicity. Flow cytometric analysis showed that lead was able to stimulate the cell cycle transition from the G0/G1 phase to the S/G2 phase, resulting in increased percentage of cells in the latter phase. Western blot analyses showed that lead induced translocation of PKCα, but not of PKCε or PKCζ, from the cytosolic to the particulate fraction, with a concomitant increase in PKC enzyme activity. Prolonged exposure to lead caused down-regulation of PKCα, but not of PKCε. The effect of lead on DNA synthesis was mediated through PKC as evidenced by the finding that two PKC inhibitors, GF 109203X and staurosporine, as well as down-regulation of PKC through prolonged treatment with 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate, blocked lead-induced DNA synthesis. Further experiments using a pseudosubstrate peptide targeting classical PKCs and selective down-regulation of specific PKC isoforms indicated that the effect of lead on DNA synthesis was mediated by PKCα. Altogether, these results suggest that lead stimulates DNA synthesis in human astrocytoma cells by a mechanism that involves activation of PKCα.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-599
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume78
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Astrocytoma
Protein Kinase C
DNA
Down-Regulation
Lead
Cell Cycle Resting Phase
Staurosporine
Protein C Inhibitor
G2 Phase
G1 Phase
Enzyme activity
Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Cytotoxicity
S Phase
Mitogens
Glioma
Thymidine
Cell Cycle
Protein Isoforms

Keywords

  • Astrocytoma cells
  • Cell proliferation
  • Lead
  • Protein kinase C

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Inorganic lead stimulates DNA synthesis in human astrocytoma cells : Role of protein kinase Cα. / Lu, Hailing; Guizzetti, Marina; Costa, Lucio G.

In: Journal of Neurochemistry, Vol. 78, No. 3, 2001, p. 590-599.

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