Sphingosylphosphorylcholine generates reactive oxygen species through calcium-, protein kinase Cδ- and phospholipase D-dependent pathways

Eun Su Jeon, Yong Jung Kang, Hae Young Song, Dong Soon Im, Hyeon Soo Kim, Sung Ho Ryu, Yong Keun Kim, Jae Ho Kim

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Sphingosylphosphorylcholine (SPC) is a bioactive lipid molecule involved in numerous biological processes. Treatment of MS1 pancreatic islet endothelial cells with SPC increased phospholipase D (PLD) activity in a time- and dose-dependent manner. In addition, treatment of the MS1 cells with 10 μM SPC induced stimulation of phospholipase C (PLC) activity and transient elevation of intracellular Ca2+. The SPC-induced PLD activation was prevented by pretreatment of the MS1 cells with a PLC inhibitor, U73122, and an intracellular Ca2+-chelating agent, BAPTA-AM. This suggests that PLC-dependent elevation of intracellular Ca2+ is involved in the SPC-induced activation of PLD. The SPC-dependent PLD activity was also almost completely prevented by pretreatment with pan-specific PKC inhibitors, GF109203X and RO-31-8220, and with a PKCδ-specific inhibitor, rottlerin, but not by pretreatment with GO6976, a conventional PKC isozymes-specific inhibitor. Adenoviral overexpression of a kinase-deficient mutant of PKCδ attenuated the SPC-induced PLD activity. These results suggest that PKCδ plays a crucial role for the SPC-induced PLD activation. The SPC-induced PLD activation was preferentially potentiated in COS-7 cells transfected with PLD2 but not with PLD1, suggesting a specific implication of PLD2 in the SPC-induced PLD activation. SPC treatment induced phosphorylation of PLD2 in COS-7 cells, and overexpression of the kinase-deficient mutant of PKCδ prevented the SPC-induced phosphorylation of PLD2. Furthermore, SPC treatment generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) in MS1 cells and the SPC induced production of ROS was inhibited by pretreatment with U73122, BAPTA-AM, and rottlerin. In addition, pretreatment with a PLD inhibitor 1-butanol and overexpression of a lipase-inactive mutant of PLD2 but not PLD1 attenuated the SPC-induced generation of ROS. These results suggest that PLC-, Ca2+-, PKCδ-, and PLD2-dependent pathways are essentially required for the SPC induced ROS generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-787
Number of pages11
JournalCellular Signalling
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcium
  • PKCδ
  • PLD
  • ROS
  • SPC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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