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Sci STKE. 2006 Nov 28;2006(363):re15.

The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) and its regulators: sometimes good and sometimes bad teamwork.

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Department of Pharmacology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.


In both nonexcitable and excitable cells, the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP(3)R) is the primary cytosolic target responsible for the initiation of intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) signaling. To fulfill this function, the IP(3)R depends on interaction with accessory subunits and regulatory proteins. These include proteins that reside in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), such as chromogranin A and B and ERp44, and cytosolic proteins, such as neuronal Ca(2+) sensor 1, huntingtin, cytochrome c, IP(3)R-binding protein released with inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, Homer, and 4.1N. Specific interactions between these modulatory proteins and the IP(3)R have been described, making it clear that the controlled modulation of the IP(3)R by its binding partners is necessary for physiological cell regulation. The functional coupling of these modulators with the IP(3)R can control apoptosis, intracellular pH, the initiation and regulation of neuronal Ca(2+) signaling, exocytosis, and gene expression. The pathophysiological relevance of IP(3)R modulation is apparent when the functional interaction of these proteins is enhanced or abolished by mutation or overexpression. The subsequent deregulation of the IP(3)R leads to pathological changes in Ca(2+) signaling, signal initiation, the amplitude and frequency of Ca(2+) signals, and the duration of the Ca(2+) elevation. Consequences of this deregulation include abnormal growth and apoptosis. Complex regulation of Ca(2+) signaling is required for the cell to live and function, and this difficult task can only be managed when the IP(3)R teams up and acts properly with its numerous binding partners.

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