Botulinum C2 toxin and steroid production in adrenal Y-1 cells: The role of microfilaments in the toxin-induced increase in steroid release

R. V. Considine, L. L. Simpson, J. R. Sherwin

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Abstract

Exposure of adrenal Y-1 cells to C2 toxin results in an increase in steroid release that is accompanied by a rounding of the cell. The actions of C2 toxin mimic those of adrenocorticotropin and cholera toxin except that there is no increase in intracellular cyclic AMP content. In the present study we provide evidence that C2 toxin increases steroid output from Y-1 cells through an alteration in the microfilament network of the cell. C2 toxin significantly increased steroid output after 3 hr of exposure. This effect was accompanied by a significant increase in the transport of [3H]cholesterol to the mitochondrial fraction, independent of cholesterol uptake by the cell. The toxin was unable to increase steroid output from cells prerounded in suspension culture. The protease inhibitors benzamidine and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride did not attenuate the ability of C2 toxin to alter the morphology of Y-1 cells. A 3-hr exposure to C2 toxin resulted in the ADP-ribosylation of 50 to 60% of the total actin pool. Fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled phalloidin visualization of the cytoskeleton of toxin- treated cells confirmed that the toxin caused a decrease in the stress fiber network. C2 toxin treatment of a protein kinase A mutant Y-1 cell (Kin 8) resulted in morphological changes and an increase in steroid output that was not different from that observed for wild type Y-1 cells. The data suggest that C2 toxin increases steroid output from adrenal Y-1 cells by a cyclic AMP-independent mechanism that involves the microfilament network of the cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-864
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume260
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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