Nitric oxide regulation of Na, K-ATPase activity in ocular ciliary epithelium involves Src family kinase

Mohammad Shahidullah, Amritlal Mandal, Guojun Wei, Nicholas A. Delamere

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The nitric oxide (NO) donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) is known to reduce aqueous humor (AH) secretion in the isolated porcine eye. Previously, SNP was found to inhibit Na,K-ATPase activity in nonpigmented ciliary epithelium (NPE), AH-secreting cells, through a cGMP/protein kinase G (PKG)-mediated pathway. Here we show Src family kinase (SFK) activation in the Na,K-ATPase activity response to SNP. Ouabain-sensitive 86Rb uptake was reduced by >35% in cultured NPE cells exposed to SNP (100μM) or exogenously added cGMP (8-Br-cGMP) (100μM) and the SFK inhibitor PP2 (10μM) prevented the response. Ouabain-sensitive ATP hydrolysis was reduced by ∼40% in samples detected in material obtained from SNP- and 8-Br-cGMP-treated cells following homogenization, pointing to an intrinsic change of Na,K-ATPase activity. Tyrosine-10 phosphorylation of Na,K-ATPase α1 subunit was detected in SNP and L-arginine-treated cells and the response prevented by PP2. SNP elicited an increase in cell cGMP. Cells exposed to 8-Br-cGMP displayed SFK activation (phosphorylation) and inhibition of both ouabain-sensitive 86Rb uptake and Na,K-ATPase activity that was prevented by PP2. SFK activation, which also occurred in SNP-treated cells, was suppressed by inhibitors of soluble guanylate cyclase (ODQ; 10μM) and PKG (KT5823; 1μM). SNP and 8-Br-cGMP also increased phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and p38 MAPK and the response prevented by PP2. However, U0126 did not prevent SNP or 8-Br-cGMP-induced inhibition of Na,K-ATPase activity. Taken together, the results suggest that NO activates guanylate cyclase to cause a rise in cGMP and subsequent PKG-dependent SFK activation. Inhibition of Na,K-ATPase activity depends on SFK activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-352
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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