Characterization of epoxyeicosatrienoic acid binding site in U937 membranes using a novel radiolabeled agonist, 20-125I-14,15-epoxyeicosa-8(Z)- enoic acid

Wenqi Yang, Venugopal Raju Tuniki, Siddam Anjaiah, J. R. Falck, Cecilia J. Hillard, William B. Campbell

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Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are important regulators of vascular tone and homeostasis. Whether they initiate signaling through membrane receptors is unclear. We developed 20-iodo-14,15-epoxyeicosa-8(Z)-enoic acid (20-I-14,15-EE8ZE), a radiolabeled EET agonist, to characterize EET binding to membranes of U937 cells. 20-I-14,15-EE8ZE stimulated cAMP production in U937 cells with similar potency, but it decreased efficacy compared with 11,12-EET. Maximum cAMP production increased 4.2-fold, with an EC50 value of 9 μM. Like 14,15-EET, 20-I-14,15-EE8ZE relaxed bovine coronary arteries, with a similar EC50 value. Both 20-I-14,15-EE8ZE agonist activities were blocked by the EET antagonist 14,15-epoxyeicosa-5(Z)-enoic acid (14,15-EE5ZE). Specific 20-125I-14,15-EE8ZE binding to U937 membranes reached equilibrium within 10 min and remained unchanged for 30 min at 4° C. The binding was saturable, reversible, and exhibited KD and Bmax values of 11.8 ± 1.1 nM and 5.8 ± 0.2 pmol/mg protein, respectively. Pretreatment of the membranes with guanosine 5′-O-(3-thio)triphosphate reduced the Bmax in a concentration-related manner. 20- 125I-14,15-EE8ZE binding was inhibited by eicosanoids with potency order of 11,12-EET >14,15-EE5ZE ≈ 14,15-EET ≫ 15- hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid > 14,15-EET-thiirane >14,15- dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid. This order is in agreement with the efficacy and potency of cAMP production. In summary, 20-125I-14,15-EE8ZE is a radiolabeled EET agonist that is useful to study binding and metabolism. Using this radioligand, we have identified a specific high-affinity and high-abundance EET binding site in U937 cell membranes. This binding site could represent a specific EET receptor, which is probably a G protein-coupled receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1019-1027
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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