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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1985 Apr 16;128(1):449-56.

The calcium-ryanodine receptor complex of skeletal and cardiac muscle.


[3H]Ryanodine binds with high affinity to saturable and Ca2+-dependent sites in heavy sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) preparations from rabbit skeletal and cardiac muscle. Ruthenium red, known to interfere with Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release from SR vesicles, inhibits [3H]ryanodine specific binding in both skeletal and cardiac preparations whereas Mg2+, Ba2+, Cd2+ and La3+ selectively inhibit the skeletal preparation. The toxicological relevance of the [3H]ryanodine binding site is established by the correlation of binding inhibition with toxicity for seven ryanoids including two botanical insecticides. These findings provide direct evidence for Ca2+-ryanodine receptor complexes that may play a role in excitation-contraction coupling.

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