The mechanism of 8-(NN-diethylamino)octyl-3,4,5-trimethoxybenzoate (TMB-8) action was evaluated in isolated adrenal glomerulosa cells. TMB-8 inhibits both angiotensin II- and K+-stimulated aldosterone secretion in a dose-dependent manner. The ID50 for angiotensin II- and K+-stimulated aldosterone secretion is 46 and 28 microM, respectively. In spite of the fact that 100 microM-TMB-8 inhibits angiotensin II-stimulated aldosterone secretion almost completely, TMB-8 (100 microM) does not inhibit angiotensin II-induced 45Ca2+ efflux from prelabelled cells nor does it affect inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate-induced calcium release from non-mitochondrial pool(s) in saponin-permeabilized cells. TMB-8 has no inhibitory effect on A23187-induced aldosterone secretion, but 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate-induced aldosterone secretion is completely abolished. TMB-8 effectively inhibits both angiotensin II- and K+-induced increases in calcium influx but has no effect on A23187-induced calcium influx. TMB-8 inhibits the activity of protein kinase C dose-dependently. These results indicate that TMB-8 inhibits aldosterone secretion without inhibiting mobilization of calcium from an intracellular pool. The inhibitory effect of TMB-8 is due largely to an inhibition of plasma membrane calcium influx, but this drug also inhibits the activity of protein kinase C directly.

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