Prostaglandin signaling in the renal collecting duct: Release, reuptake, and oxidation in the same cell

Teruhisa Nomura, Hee Yoon Chang, Run Lu, Joseph Hankin, Robert C. Murphy, Victor L. Schuster

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Prostaglandins mediate autacrine and paracrine signaling over short distances. We used the renal collecting duct as a model system to test the hypothesis that local control of prostaglandin signaling is achieved by expressing inactivation in the same cell as synthesis. Immunocytochemical studies demonstrated that renal collecting ducts in situ express the prostaglandin (PG) synthesis enzyme, cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1), as well as both components of prostaglandin metabolic inactivation, i.e. the prostaglandin uptake carrier prostaglandin transporter (PGT) and the enzyme 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase. We characterized this system further using the collecting duct cell line Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK), which retains COX-2 and prostaglandin dehydrogenase expression but which has lost PGT expression. When we reintroduced PGT, it was correctly sorted to the apical membrane where it altered the sidedness of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) release, a process we call "vectorial release via sided reuptake." Importantly, although COX-2 and prostaglandin dehydrogenase are expressed in the same MDCK cell, they must be compartmentalized because even in the presence of excess dehydrogenase newly synthesized PGE2 is released largely un-oxidized. However, when PGE2 undergoes first release and then PGT-mediated reuptake, significant oxidation takes place, suggesting that PGT imports PGE2 into the prostaglandin dehydrogenase compartment. Our data are consistent with a new model that offers significant new mechanisms for the fine control of eicosanoid signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28424-28429
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 5 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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