Control of cholecystokinin receptor dephosphorylation in pancreatic acinar cells

Manfred P. Lutz, Delia I. Pinon, Lawrence K. Gates, Shirish Shenolikar, Laurence J. Miller

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Phosphorylation of cell surface receptors regulates the physiological response to many hormones and neurotransmitters. We have demonstrated that the receptor for cholecystokinin (CCK), the major secretagogue for the exocrine pancreas, is phosphorylated on serines in response to CCK (Klueppelberg, U. G., Gates, L. K., Gorelick, F. S., and Miller, L. J. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 2403-2408). Receptor phosphorylation was transient, even in the continued presence of agonist, and suggested a role for pancreatic protein phosphatases (PP) in regulating receptor phosphorylation in the intact cell. Treatment of acinar cells with okadaic acid increased the extent and duration of receptor phosphorylation induced by CCK. Receptor phosphorylated in the intact cell in response to CCK was used as substrate to analyze protein phosphatases in pancreatic acinar cell extracts. The predominant CCK receptor phosphatase activity was found in the cytosol and was potently inhibited by okadaic acid (IC50 = 0.2 nM). This phosphatase activity was unaffected by inhibitor-2, Ca2+, or Mg2+, suggesting that the major receptor phosphatase was PP-2A. Stimulation of cells with CCK resulted in a 3-fold increase in protein phosphatase activity toward the CCK receptor, at the same time that phosphorylase a phosphatase activity was unchanged. This increase in receptor phosphatase activity was reflected only in the cytosol, with the particulate activity unchanged. Consistent with this subcellular localization, the hormone-regulated receptor phosphatase activity was PP-2A, with chromatographic separation demonstrating activity in both PP-2A1 and PP-2A2 forms. These data suggest that CCK coordinates the activity of both protein kinases and phosphatases acting on the CCK receptor to control the extent and duration of receptor phosphorylation in the pancreatic acinar cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12136-12142
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Jun 5 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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