Mechanism of enhanced cyclic AMP stimulation by isoproterenol in aged human fibroblasts

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Department of Physiology; Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care

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3',5'-Cyclic-AMP Phosphodiesterases; Adenylate Cyclase; Cell Aging; Cell Count; Cell Division; Cell Membrane; Cells, Cultured; Cyclic AMP; Fibroblasts; Humans; Isoproterenol


Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Physiology


Human diploid lung fibroblasts (IMR-90) were used to investigate the reported increase in beta-adrenergic-stimulated cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP) levels in fibroblasts aged in culture. Under basal conditions cellular cAMP was 34.2 +/- 5.6 and 38.4 +/- 9.1 pmol/mg protein in early (PDL 22-24) and late (PDL 47-52) passage fibroblasts, respectively. Net release of cAMP from fibroblasts was 67.8 +/- 8.6 and 18.5 +/- 7.0 pmol/30 min/mg protein in early and late passage cultures, respectively. In confluent, early passage fibroblasts, cellular cAMP and net release of cAMP increased by 2.7-fold and 3.8-fold, respectively, after a 30 min incubation in 2 microM isoproterenol. In confluent late passage fibroblasts, isoproterenol incubation increased cellular cAMP and net release of cAMP by 7.8-fold and 26.1-fold, respectively. Adenosine failed to inhibit isoproterenol-induced stimulation of cAMP in early or late passage fibroblasts. There was no passage-related difference in basal, isoproterenol, or forskolin-stimulated adenylyl cyclase activity in crude fibroblast membrane preparations. The activity of cAMP-phosphodiesterase in sonicates of early and late passage IMR-90 was 9.61 +/- 1.15 and 5.81 +/- 1.11 pmol/min/mg protein respectively. Measurements of cAMP in subconfluent early passage fibroblasts indicated that mechanisms related to the reduced cell density in confluent late passage IMR-90 may, in part, account for the enhanced isoproterenol-induced cAMP levels observed in these cultures. The results suggest that the remainder of the enhanced cAMP response to isoproterenol of in vitro aged fibroblasts may be due to a lower cAMP phosphodiesterase activity in these cells.


Exp Gerontol. 1992;27(3):287-300.

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Experimental gerontology

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