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J Comp Neurol. 2007 Apr 20;501(6):944-58.

Sodium/calcium exchanger expression in the mouse and rat olfactory systems.

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Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA.


Sodium/calcium (Na(+)/Ca(2+)) exchangers are membrane transport systems that regulate Ca(2+)-homeostasis in many eukaryotic cells. In olfactory and vomeronasal sensory neurons ligand-induced olfactory signal transduction is associated with influx and elevation of intracellular Ca(2+), [Ca(2+)](i). While much effort has been devoted to the characterization of Ca(2+)-related excitation and adaptation events of olfactory chemosensory neurons (OSNs), much less is known about mechanisms that return [Ca(2+)](i) to the resting state. To identify proteins participating in the poststimulus Ca(2+)-clearance of mouse OSNs, we analyzed the expression of three potassium (K(+))-independent (NCX1, 2, 3) and three K(+)-dependent (NCKX1, 2, 3) Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers. In situ hybridization showed that mRNAs of all six Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers coexist in neurons of the olfactory and vomeronasal systems, and that some are already detectable in the embryo. Of these, NCX1 and NCKX1 represent the most and least abundant mRNAs, respectively. Moreover, immunohistochemistry revealed that the NCX1, 2, and 3 proteins are expressed in nearly all neurons of the olfactory epithelium, the vomeronasal organ, the septal organ of Masera, and the Grueneberg ganglion. These three exchanger proteins display different expression profiles in dendrites, knobs, and plasma membranes of OSNs and in sustentacular cells. Furthermore, we show that NCX1 mRNA in rat olfactory mucosa is expressed as 8 alternative splice variants. This is the first comprehensive analysis of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger expression in the mammalian olfactory system. Our results suggest that Ca(2+)-extrusion by OSNs utilizes multiple different Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers and that different subtypes are targeted to different subcellular compartments.

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