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J Biol Chem. 1988 Jan 25;263(3):1530-4.

Solubilization, purification, and characterization of an inositol trisphosphate receptor.

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Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21205.


Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate is a second messenger of the phosphoinositide system which can mobilize calcium from intracellular stores. Rat cerebellum is an abundant source of a receptor for inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (Worley, P. F., Baraban, J. M., Supattapone, S., Wilson, V. S., and Snyder, S. H. (1987) J. Biol. Chem. 262, 12132-12136). In this study we have solubilized and purified this receptor to apparent homogeneity from rat cerebellum. Crude membrane, detergent-solubilized, and purified receptor preparations display similar selectivity for inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate over other inositol phosphates. The purified receptor is globular with a Stokes' radius of approximately 10 nm. Electrophoretic analysis reveals one protein band with an Mr of 260,000. While binding is reversibly inhibited by 300 nM calcium in particulate fractions and detergent-solubilized membranes, the purified protein is not inhibited by calcium concentrations up to 1.5 mM. Inhibition by calcium is reconstituted by addition of detergent-solubilized cerebellar membranes, but not by the cytosolic fraction of cerebellum.

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