COS-7 cells were transiently transfected with human thyrotropin receptor (TSHR) and dog A1 adenosine receptor (A1R) cDNA. TSH stimulated both inositol phosphate production and cyclic AMP (cAMP) accumulation in the cells. An A1 agonist, N6-(L-2-phenylisopropyl)adenosine (PIA), which is ineffective alone, significantly enhanced TSH-induced inositol phosphate production, but insignificantly inhibited TSH-induced cAMP accumulation was revealed by short-term treatment with the protein kinase C inhibitors, staurosporine and K252a, or long-term treatment with 12-myristate 13-acetate, suggesting that endogenous protein kinase C inhibits the A1R-mediated inhibition of the TSHR-adenylate cyclase system. In staurosporine-treated cells, the stimulatory and inhibitory permissive actions of PIA on TSH-induced phospholipase C and adenylate cyclase activation respectively were completely reversed by pretreatment with pertussis toxin whereas intrinsic TSH-induced effects were hardly affected by the toxin. The cross-talk between the signalling pathway for TSHR and that for A1R was not detected in a mixture of cells expressing either TSHR or A1R. We conclude that a single species of A1R, via pertussis-toxin-sensitive GTP-binding proteins, not only inhibits adenylate cyclase but also stimulates phospholipase C in collaboration with an activated TSHR within a single cell expressing both types of receptor.

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