Melatonin Receptors Trigger cAMP Production and Inhibit Chloride Movements in Nonpigmented Ciliary Epithelial Cells



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Huete Toral, Fernando and Crooke, Almudena and Martínez Águila, Alejandro and Pintor, Jesús (2015) Melatonin Receptors Trigger cAMP Production and Inhibit Chloride Movements in Nonpigmented Ciliary Epithelial Cells. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 352 (1). ISSN 1080-7683

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Melatonin and its analog 5-MCA-NAT (5-methylcarboxyamino-N-acetyl tryptamine) are active compounds reducing intraocular pressure (IOP). This action is mediated through MT2 and the putative MT3 melatonin receptor, producing a transient reduction of IOP that lasts for a few hours and has not yet been characterized. The use of melatonin and its analog are causing a decrease in chloride efflux from rabbit nonpigmented epithelial cells (NPE), possibly explaining the decrease in IOP. Melatonin and 5-MCA-NAT inhibited rabbit NPE chloride release in a concentration-dependent manner, whereas the pD2 values were between 4.5 ± 1.2 and 4.4 ± 1.0, respectively. Melatonin hypotensive action was enhanced by the presence of MT2 antagonists, such as DH97 (N-pentanoyl-2-benzyltryptamine) and 4-P-P-DOT (4-phenyl-2-propionamidotetralin) and by the nonselective melatonin receptor antagonist luzindole. Prazosin (1.5 µM) partially reverses the melatonin action by acting as a selective MT3 antagonist. However, at 15 nM it acts as an α-adrenergic receptor antagonist, enhancing the melatonin effect. Regarding the intracellular pathways triggered by melatonin receptors, neither phospholipase C/protein kinase C pathway nor the canonical reduction of intracellular cAMP was responsible for melatonin or 5-MCA-NAT actions. On the contrary, the application of these substances produced a concentration-dependent increase of cAMP, with pD2 values of 4.6 ± 0.2 and 4.9 ± 0.7 for melatonin and 5-MCA-NAT, respectively. In summary, melatonin reduces the release of chloride concomitantly to cAMP generation. The reduction of Cl− secretion accounts for a decrease in the water outflow and therefore a decrease in aqueous humor production. This could be one of the main mechanisms responsible for the reduction of IOP after application of melatonin and 5-MCA-NAT.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Melatonin ; Ciliary epithelial cells ; 5-MCA-NAT ; Intraocular pressure
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Biochemistry
Medical sciences > Medicine > Ophtalmology
ID Code:41923
Deposited On:03 Apr 2017 10:19
Last Modified:03 Apr 2017 15:44

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