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Mol Cell Biol Res Commun. 2000 Jun;3(6):374-9.

Expression of intracellular calcium channels and pumps after partial hepatectomy in rat.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.


Ca(2+) signals regulate many cellular functions, including proliferation. They are governed by the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP(3)R), the only intracellular hepatic Ca(2+) channel and by the endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) pumps, SERCA. To characterise their role in regeneration, expression of their isoforms was studied after 2/3 hepatectomy by real-time quantitative PCR, Western blot and binding studies. We found an early increase in the expression of the IP(3)R isoform 1 which contrasted with the decrease of the expression of the IP(3)R isoforms 2 and 3 and of SERCA3. This results in a transient switch between IP(3)R isoforms 1 and 2, IP(3)R isoform 1 becoming predominant before the first round of mitosis. Binding studies detected a 30% diminution of the IP(3)R population at 24 h. In conclusion, the Ca(2+) signalling machinery is regulated, after hepatectomy, by changes in expression of the IP(3)R and SERCA isoforms to adapt Ca(2+) signals to the regenerative state.

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