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Differences in neuritogenic response to nitric oxide in PC12 and PC12h cells.

We have demonstrated that a natural iridoid compound, genipin, induces neurite outgrowth through the nitric oxide (NO)-cGMP-protein kinase G signaling pathway in PC12h cells. PC12 cells, the parental cell line of PC12h cells, have been shown to carry out neurite extension that accompanies NO production in response to nerve growth factor (NGF). This neurite outgrowth was significantly inhibited by NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), an NO synthase inhibitor, in both PC12 and PC12h cells, suggesting that the neuritogenesis is NO-dependent in both cells. In this report, we investigated whether genipin also induces neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells in order to determine the NO-dependent neurotrophic action of genipin in more than just one cell type. Genipin induced marked neurite outgrowth in PC12h cells but not in PC12 cells. The genipin-induced neurite outgrowth was significantly inhibited by L-NAME in PC12h cells. An NO donor, NOR4, also significantly induced neurite outgrowth in a concentration-dependent manner in PC12h cells but not in PC12 cells. On the other hand, NGF-primed PC12 cells exhibited significant neurite extension, which was inhibited by L-NAME, in response to genipin. Interestingly, NGF-primed PC12 cells responded to NOR4 extending neurites and expressed detectable neuronal NO synthase protein which is not detected in naive PC12 cells. These results suggest that genipin exerts a neuritogenic action on neuronal cells which are responsive to NO itself. Furthermore, the results also suggest that PC12h cells are more suitable for the study of NO-dependent neuronal function than PC12 cells which were not responsive to NO.[1]


  1. Differences in neuritogenic response to nitric oxide in PC12 and PC12h cells. Yamazaki, M., Chiba, K., Mohri, T. Neurosci. Lett. (2006) [Pubmed]
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