Bovine tracheal serous cell secretion: Role of cAMP and cAMP-dependent protein kinase

W. E. Finkbeiner, Jonathan Widdicombe, L. Hu, C. B. Basbaum

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The role of adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) and protein phosphorylation during β-adrenergic receptor stimulation of bovine tracheal gland serous cells was investigated in vitro. Isoproterenol, a β-adrenergic agonist, increased the secretion of 35S-labeled molecules. Intracellular cAMP levels were increased within 1 min after stimulation of bovine tracheal gland serous cells with isoproterenol. The dose-response relationship for isoproternol-stimulated generation of cAMP correlated with the dose-response relationship for isoproternol-stimulated secretion of 35S-labeled molecules. The phosphodiesterase inhibitor 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine potentiated both isoproterenol-evoked secretion of 35S-labeled molecules and the production of intracellular cAMP, and the β-adrenergic receptor antagonist propranolol completely blocked both effects. The secretory response of the cells to isoproterenol could be mimicked by the cAMP analogues 8-bromoadenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate and dibutyryl adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate. Activity of cAMP-dependent kinase was measured in soluble and particulate cell extracts. cAMP effected the state of phosphorylation of proteins associated with the soluble but not the particulate fraction. These studies are consistent with the hypothesis that β-adrenergic stimulation of secretion from bovine tracheal gland serous cells occurs via a cAMP-mediated pathway and that one of the molecular events in this pathway is cAMP-dependent protein phosphorylation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number5 6-5
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • airway mucus
  • cell culture
  • protein phosphorylation
  • tracheal glands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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