Judith A. Creba

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Rat hepatocytes rapidly incorporate [32P]Pi into phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PtdIns4P) and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PtdIns(4,5)P2]; their monoester phosphate groups approach isotopic equilibrium with the cellular precursor pools within 1 h. Upon stimulation of these prelabelled cells with Ca2+-mobilizing stimuli (V1-vasopressin,(More)
It now appears to be generally agreed that the 'phosphatidylinositol response', discovered in 1953 by Hokin & Hokin, occurs universally when cells are stimulated by ligands that cause an elevation of the ionized calcium concentration of the cytosol. The initiating reaction is almost certainly hydrolysis of an inositol lipid by a phosphodiesterase.(More)
1. Serotonin (5-HT) induces inositol phosphate production and the efflux of 45Ca2+ in a smooth muscle cell line (A7r5) derived from rat aorta. These effects were pharmacologically characterised and compared to data obtained in radioligand binding studies performed with the 5-HT2 ligand [3H]ketanserin in rat brain cortex membranes. 2. 5-HT causes in increase(More)
HL60 cells were adapted to grow in a serum-free medium containing 1 mg l-1 inositol, in which they differentiated normally towards neutrophils (in 0.9% by volume dimethylsulphoxide) and towards monocytes (in 10 nM phorbol myristate acetate). Cells that had been equilibrium-labelled with [2-3H]myo-inositol contained a complex pattern of inositol metabolites,(More)
The effect of differentiation on FMLP-stimulated InsP production and G-protein expression was investigated in U937 monocytes. FMLP (0.01-10 microM) stimulated [3H]InsP production in dimethyl sulphoxide-differentiated, but not in immature, U937 cells. Ionomycin (1 and 10 microM) stimulated [3H]InsP production equally well in both cell types. The FMLP(More)
The effect of dihydropyridine agonists and antagonists on neuronal voltage sensitive calcium channels was investigated. The resting intracellular calcium concentration of synaptosomes prepared from whole brain was 110 +/- 9 nM, as assayed by the indicator quin 2. Depolarisation of the synaptosomes with K+ produced an immediate increase in [Ca2+]i. The(More)
The effect of platelet-activating factor (PAF) on polyphosphoinositide metabolism and 45Ca2+ efflux was examined in a vascular smooth muscle cell line (A7r5). PAF stimulated a rapid but transient production of inositol trisphosphate and inositol bisphosphate which, in the presence of lithium, resulted in an accumulation of inositol monophosphate. In(More)
DMSO differentiated U937 cells responded to 10(-6) M LTD4, LTB4 and FMLP with an increase in both InsP formation and [Ca2+]i. FMLP caused a greater rise in InsPs than either LTD4 or LTB4, which were equivalent. LTD4, however, caused a greater increase in [Ca2+]i than LTB4 (4-fold) or FMLP. The FMLP [Ca2+]i and InsP responses were abolished by pertussis(More)