The D3 dopamine receptor inhibits dopamine release in PC-12/hD3 cells by autoreceptor signaling via PP-2B, CK1, and Cdk-5

Pei Chun Chen, Chu Lan Lao, Jin Chung Chen

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The function of the D3 dopamine (DA) receptor remains ambiguous largely because of the lack of selective D3 receptor ligands. To investigate the function and intracellular signaling of D3 receptors, we established a PC-12/hD3 clone, which expresses the human D3 DA receptor in a DA producing cell line. In this model, we find that the D 3 receptor functions as an autoreceptor controlling neurotransmitter secretion. Pre-treatment with 3,6a,11, 14-tetrahydro-9-methoxy-2 methyl-(12H)-isoquino[1,2-b] pyrrolo[3,2-f][1,3] benzoxanzine-1-carboxylic acid, a D3 receptor preferring agonist, dose-dependently suppressed K +-evoked [3H]DA release in PC-12/hD3 cells but not in the control cell line. This effect was prevented by D3 receptor preferring antagonists GR103691 and SB277011-A. Furthermore, activation of D3 receptors significantly inhibits forskolin-induced cAMP accumulation and leads to transient increases in phosphorylation of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5), dopamine and cAMP-regulated phosphoprotein of Mr 32 000 and Akt. Because we observed differences in Cdk5 phosphorylation as well as Akt phosphorylation after DA stimulation, we probed the ability of Cdk5 and phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) to influence DA release. Cdk5 inhibitors, roscovitine, or olomoucine, but not the PI3K inhibitor wortmannin, blocked the D3 receptor inhibition of DA release. In a complimentary experiment, over-expression of Cdk5 potentiated D3 receptor suppression of DA release. Pertussis toxin, 3-[(2,4,6-trimethoxyphenyl) methylidenyl]-indolin-2-one and cyclosporine A also attenuated D3 receptor-mediated inhibition of DA release indicating that this phenomenon acts through Gi/oα and casein kinase 1, and phosphatase protein phosphatase 2B (calcineurin), respectively. In support of previous data that D3 DA receptors reduce transmitter release from nerve terminals, the current results demonstrate that D3 DA receptors function as autoreceptors to inhibit DA release and that a signaling pathway involving Cdk5 is essential to this regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-1190
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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