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J Biol Chem. 1992 Feb 25;267(6):3573-6.

Ca2+ release from inositol trisphosphate-sensitive stores is not modulated by intraluminal [Ca2+].

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Department of Physiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York 14642.


In a recent model developed to explain the apparent "quantal" nature of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (Ins(1,4,5)P3)-induced Ca2+ release from specific intracellular stores, it was proposed that Ca2+ release from the stores may itself be modulated by intraluminal levels of Ca2+, possibly via an action at a binding site on the Ins(1,4,5)P3 receptor/Ca2+ channel complex. Essential predictions of this model include a specific effect of intraluminal Ca2+ levels on the sensitivity of Ins(1,4,5)P3-induced Ca2+ release and a non-exponential decay of passive Ca2+ loss from the store following inhibition of the Ca2+ pump on the store. However, in measurements of Ins(1,4,5)P3-induced Ca2+ release and passive Ca2+ loss in permeabilized preparations of a model exocrine cell under conditions of thapsigargin-induced store depletion, we found that neither of these predicted behaviors could be demonstrated.

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