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Cell. 1990 Nov 30;63(5):1025-32.

Receptor-activated cytoplasmic Ca2+ spiking mediated by inositol trisphosphate is due to Ca2(+)-induced Ca2+ release.

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MRC Secretory Control Research Group, University of Liverpool, England.


Receptor-mediated inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (Ins-(1,4,5)P3) generation evokes fluctuations in the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i). Intracellular Ca2+ infusion into single mouse pancreatic acinar cells mimicks the effect of external acetylcholine (ACh) or internal Ins(1,4,5)P3 application by evoking repetitive Ca2+ release monitored by Ca2(+)-activated Cl- current. Intracellular infusion of the Ins(1,4,5)P3 receptor antagonist heparin fails to inhibit Ca2+ spiking caused by Ca2+ infusion, but blocks ACh- and Ins(1,4,5)P3-evoked Ca2+ oscillations. Caffeine (1 mM), a potentiator of Ca2(+)-induced Ca2+ release, evokes Ca2+ spiking during subthreshold intracellular Ca2+ infusion. These results indicate that ACh-evoked Ca2+ oscillations are due to pulses of Ca2+ release through a caffeine-sensitive channel triggered by a small steady Ins(1,4,5)P3-evoked Ca2+ flow.

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