Regulation of calcium influx and catecholamine secretion in chromaffin cells by a cytochrome P450 metabolite of arachidonic acid

E. Hildebrandt, J. P. Albanesi, J. R. Falck, W. B. Campbell

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These studies were designed to determine the role of arachidonic acid metabolites in catecholamine secretion from adrenal chromaffin cells. Inhibitors of the cytochrome P450-dependent metabolism of arachidonic acid were shown to interfere with stimulus-secretion coupling in cultured chromaffin cells. Ketoconazole (10 μM), clotrimazole (20 μM), and piperonyl butoxide (50 μM) inhibited carbachol-dependent catecholamine secretion by 44%, 83%, and 100%, respectively; histamine-dependent secretion by 25%, 60%, and 81%, and secretion induced by 59 mM KCl depolarization by 25%, 55%, and 89%. Uptake of 45Ca2+ into the cells in response to carbachol was inhibited 63% by ketoconazole, 86% by clotrimazole, and 95% by piperonyl butoxide; KCl-dependent uptake was inhibited 7%, 56%, and 85%, respectively. However, cytochrome P450 inhibitors did not inhibit catecholamine secretion when cells were stimulated with the calcium ionophores ionomycin or lasalocid. These results indicated the involvement of a cytochrome P450 product in controlling Ca2+ influx in response to membrane depolarization. Cells prelabeled with [3H]arachidonic acid formed a 3H-labeled metabolite which comigrated with authentic 5,6-epoxyeicosatrienoic (5,6-EET) acid on reverse phase and normal phase HPLC. Pretreatment with clotrimazole inhibited the production of this 3H-labeled metabolite. Addition of synthetic 5,6-EET (1 nM) to cells pretreated with piperonyl butoxide resulted in catecholamine secretion. These data suggest a role for a cytochrome P450 metabolite of arachidonic acid in agonist-stimulated catecholamine secretion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2599-2608
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of lipid research
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1995


  • adrenal medulla
  • epoxygenase
  • histamine
  • lipoxygenase
  • signal transduction
  • voltage-dependent calcium channel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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