Title: Cell swelling, heat, and chemical agonists use distinct pathways for the activation of the cation channel TRPV4
Authors: Vriens, Joris ×
Watanabe, Hiroyuki
Janssens, Annelies
Droogmans, Guillaume
Voets, Thomas
Nilius, Bernd #
Issue Date: Jan-2004
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Series Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America vol:101 issue:1 pages:396-401
Abstract: TRPV4 is a Ca(2+)- and Mg(2+)-permeable cation channel within the vanilloid receptor subgroup of the transient receptor potential (TRP) family, and it has been implicated in Ca(2+)-dependent signal transduction in several tissues, including brain and vascular endothelium. TRPV4-activating stimuli include osmotic cell swelling, heat, phorbol ester compounds, and 5',6'-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid, a cytochrome p450 epoxygenase metabolite of arachidonic acid (AA). It is presently unknown how these distinct activators converge on opening of the channel. Here, we demonstrate that blockers of phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) and cytochrome p450 epoxygenase inhibit activation of TRPV4 by osmotic cell swelling but not by heat and 4alpha-phorbol 12,13-didecanoate. Mutating a tyrosine residue (Tyr-555) in the N-terminal part of the third transmembrane domain to an alanine strongly impairs activation of TRPV4 by 4alpha-phorbol 12,13-didecanoate and heat but has no effect on activation by cell swelling or AA. We conclude that TRPV4-activating stimuli promote channel opening by means of distinct pathways. Cell swelling activates TRPV4 by means of the PLA(2)-dependent formation of AA, and its subsequent metabolization to 5',6'-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid by means of a cytochrome p450 epoxygenase-dependent pathway. Phorbol esters and heat operate by means of a distinct, PLA(2)- and cytochrome p450 epoxygenase-independent pathway, which critically depends on an aromatic residue at the N terminus of the third transmembrane domain.
ISSN: 0027-8424
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physiology Section (-)
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine - miscellaneous
Laboratory of Ion Channel Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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