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Properties of receptor-controlled inositol trisphosphate formation in parotid acinar cells.

By D L Aub and J W Putney


Activation of muscarinic receptors in rat parotid cells results in breakdown of polyphosphoinositides liberating inositol phosphates, including inositol trisphosphate. Formation of inositol trisphosphate appears independent of agonist-induced Ca2+ mobilization, since neither formation nor degradation of inositol trisphosphate are appreciably altered in low-calcium media, and elevation of cytosolic Ca2+ with a calcium ionophore does not cause an increase in cellular inositol trisphosphate. Further, activation of substance P receptors and alpha 1-adrenoreceptors, but not beta-adrenoreceptors, increases inositol trisphosphate formation. The dose-response curve for methacholine activation of inositol trisphosphate formation more closely approximates the curve for receptor occupancy than for Ca2+-activated K+ release. These results are all consistent with the suggestion that inositol trisphosphate could function as a second messenger linking receptor occupation to cellular Ca2+ mobilization

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1985
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj2250263
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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