The influence of increased incorporation of linoleic acid (18:2n-6) and eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) in membrane phospholipids on receptor-mediated phospholipase Cβ (PLC-β) activity in cultured rat ventricular myocytes was investigated. For this purpose, cells were grown for 4 days in control, stearic acid (18:0)/oleic acid (18:1n-9), 18:2n-6 and 20:5n-3 enriched media, and subsequently assayed for the basal- and phenylephrine- or endothelin-1-induced total inositol phosphate formation. The various fatty acid treatments resulted in the expected alterations of fatty acid composition of membrane phospholipids. In 18:2n-6-treated cells, the incorporation of this 18:2n-6 in the phospholipids increased from 17.1 mol % in control cells to 38.9 mol %. In 20:5n-3-treated cells, incorporation of 20: 5n-3 and docosapentaenoic acid (22:5n-3) in the phospholipids increased from 0.5 and 2.7 mol % in control cells to 23.2 and 9.7 mol %, respectively. When 20:5n-3-treated cells were stimulated with phenylephrine or endothelin-1, the inositolphosphate production decreased by 33.2% and increased by 43.4%, respectively, as compared to cells grown in control medium. No efffects were seen in 18:2n-6-treated cells. When 18:0/18:1n-9-treated cells were stimulated with endothelin-1, inositolphosphate formation increased by 26.4%, whereas phenylephrine-stimulated inositolphosphate formation was not affected. In saponin-permeabilized cells, that were pre-treated with 20:5n-3, the formation of total inositolphosphates after stimulation with GTPγS, in the presence of Ca2+, was inhibited 19.3%. This suggests that the 20:5n-3 effect on intact cardiomyocytes could be exerted either on the level of agonist-receptor, receptor-GTP-binding-protein coupling or GTP-binding-protein-PLC-β interaction. Investigation of the time course of saponin-induced permeabilization of the cardiomyocytes, measured by the release of lactate dehydrogenase, unmasked a slight decrease in the rate of permeabilization by 20:5n-3 pretreatment, indicating a protective effect. This led the authors to measure the cholesterol/phospholipid molar ratio, the double bond index of membrane phospholipids, and the membrane fluidity; the latter by using a diphenylhexatriene probe. In 20: 5n-3-pretreated cells, a strong increase in the cholesterol/phospholipid molar ratio (from 0.23 to 0.39), a marked increase in the double bond index (from 1.76 to 2.33), and a slight decrease in fluidity (steady-state anisotropy r(ss) of the diphenylhexatriene probe increased from 0.196 to 0.217) were observed. Thus, treatment of cardiomyocytes for 4 days with 20:5n-3, but not with 18:2n-6, causes alterations of receptor-mediated phospholipase Cβ activity. A causal relationship may exist between the 20:5 n-3-induced alterations of the physicochemical properties in the bilayer and of the agonist-stimulated phosphatidylinositol cycle activity.

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Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Department of Biochemistry

de Jonge, H.W, Dekkers, D.H, Bastiaanse, L.P, Bezstarosti, K, van der Laarse, A, & Lamers, J.M.J. (1996). Eicosapentaenoic acid incorporation in membrane phospholipids modulates receptor-mediated phospholipase C and membrane fluidity in rat ventricular myocytes in culture. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 28(5), 1097–1108. doi:10.1006/jmcc.1996.0101