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Cell Calcium. 2001 Aug;30(2):117-29.

2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate reveals heterogeneity in receptor-activated Ca(2+) discharge and store-operated Ca(2+) influx.

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Department of Physiology, Division of Cell Physiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.


We have investigated Ca(2+) release and receptor- and store-operated Ca(2+) influxes in Chinese hamster ovary-K1 (CHO) cells, SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells and RBL-1 rat basophilic leukemia cells using Fura-2 and patch-clamp measurements. Ca(2+) release and subsequent Ni(2+)-sensitive, store-operated influx were induced by thapsigargin and stimulation of G protein-coupled receptors. The alleged noncompetitive IP3 receptor inhibitor,2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB) rapidly blocked a major part of the secondary influx response in CHO cells in a reversible manner. It also reduced Mn(2+) influx in response to thapsigargin. Inhibition of Ca(2+) release was also seen but this was less complete, slower in onset, less reversible, and required higher concentration of 2-APB. In RBL-1 cells, I(CRAC) activity was rapidly blocked by extracellular 2-APB whereas intracellular 2-APB was less effective. Store-operated Ca(2+) influxes were only partially blocked by 2-APB. In SH-SY5Y cells, Ca(2+) influxes were insensitive to 2-APB. Ca(2+) release in RBL-1 cells was partially sensitive but in SH-SY5Y cells the release was totally resistant to 2-APB. The results suggest, that 2-APB (1) may inhibit distinct subtypes of IP3 receptors with different sensitivity, and (2) that independently of this, it also inhibits some store-operated Ca(2+) channels via a direct, extracellular action.

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