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Gen Physiol Biophys. 2000 Sep;19(3):265-78.

Calcium store depletion induced by mitochondrial uncoupling in prostatic cells.

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Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie, CNRS UMR 5543, Université Victor Segalen-Bordeaux II, France.


The effects of mitochondrial uncoupling on the calcium homeostasis of prostatic cells were investigated using the prostatic cancer cell line LNCaP and indo-1 spectrofluorimetry. Carbonyl cyanide m-chloro-phenylhydrazone (CCCP) was used as uncoupler. Resting LNCaP cells responded to CCCP by a biphasic increase in [Ca2+]i. The first phase of increase which corresponded to the release of a mitochondrial CCCP-sensitive Ca2+ store was followed by a second increase phase consisting of Ca2+ influx through the plasma membrane. The relationship between the CCCP- and the InsP3-sensitive stores was investigated using thapsigargin (TG). The release part of the Ca2+ response to TG was reduced in a time-dependent manner by previous exposure of the cells to CCCP, suggesting that CCCP also acts on non-mitochondrial stores. Our results show that CCCP releases Ca2+ from both mitochondrial and non-mitochondrial stores in prostatic cells. The possible mechanisms of these effects are discussed.

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