Jan 1, 1989

Phosphorylation of myelin basic protein in intact oligodendrocytes: inhibition by galactosylsphingosine and cyclic AMP

T VartanianS Szuchet


We have previously shown that cyclic AMP (cAMP) inhibits the protein kinase C (PKC)-mediated phosphorylation of myelin basic protein (MBP) in cultured oligodendrocytes (OLGs). Recently, it has been demonstrated that the long chain base sphingosine inhibits PKC by competing PKC effectors (diacylglycerol and phorbol esters) for a binding site on the kinase (Hannun and Bell: Science 235: 670-674, 1987). In this report we define further the mechanism by which cAMP inhibits MBP phosphorylation by comparing the effects of cAMP with that of galactosylsphingosine (psychosine), a potential catabolite of galactocerebroside, the major OLG glycosphingolipid. We identify the consequences of psychosine treatment and PKC down-regulation on OLG morphology and electrophysiology and discuss their relevance. Our results in intact ovine oligodendrocytes are consistent with a mechanism in which cAMP inhibits MBP phosphorylation by interfering with the release of diacylglycerol (DAG) from phosphatidylinositol. First, the effects of cAMP on MBP phosphorylation are reversed with exogenous TPA; and second, cAMP inhibits the incorporation of 1-[14C]arachidonate into DAG and specifically inhibits the turnover (as judged by 32PO4 3-incorporation) of phosp...Continue Reading

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Dall Sheep
Myelin Basic Protein, Isoform 4
Cyclic AMP, (R)-Isomer
Protein KINASE
Perineuronal Oligodendroglia

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