Cholinergic stimulation of phosphatidic acid formation by rat cornea in vitro.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The cornea has one of the highest acetylcholine (ACh) concentrations of any tissue but the function of the ACh has remained enigmatic. During studies on corneal arachidonic acid metabolism, we observed that ACh stimulates formation of labeled phosphatidic acid in rat corneas whose phospholipids were prelabeled with [14C]arachidonate. ACh did not affect the metabolism of free [14C]arachidonate. [14C]Arachidonyl-phosphatidic acid formation was doubled after 10 min of incubation in the presence of ACh concentrations of 10(-4) M or greater. The stimulation by ACh could be completely blocked by atropine and scopolamine and partially blocked by d-tubocurarine. These studies suggest that intact rat cornea has muscarinic cholinergic receptors and that the enzymes of the inositol phospholipids pathway are present since phosphatidic acid is an obligatory intermediate in that cycle of reactions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Proia, AD; Chung, SM; Klintworth, GK; Lapetina, EG

Published Date

  • June 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 905 - 908

PubMed ID

  • 3710732

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3710732

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-0404


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States