Modulation of ATP-induced calcium signaling by progesterone in T47D-Y breast cancer cells.
Extracellular ATP activates purinergic (P(2)) receptors with an increase in intracellular calcium and phosphorylation of MAPK. In this study we have investigated the effect of progesterone/progestin on ATP-induced calcium mobilization and phosphorylation of the kinase ERK in the T47D-Y breast cancer cell line that exhibits no detectable nuclear progesterone receptor expression. Brief pretreatment with progesterone/progestin results in a dose dependent inhibition of ATP-induced intracellular calcium mobilization, and inhibition of ERK phosphorylation. Response to a cell impermeable ligand and inhibition of the response by an inactivating antibody suggests a mechanism of action at the plasma membrane. These results in T47D-Y cells strongly suggest that progesterone can act in a rapid non-nuclear manner to inhibit extracellular ATP effects on intracellular calcium mobilization and ERK activation. This research provides an example of progesterone action in a breast cancer cell line lacking expression of the classical nuclear progesterone receptors.
Lee, KL; Dai, Q; Hansen, EL; Saner, CN; Price, TM
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