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Long distance communication between muscarinic receptors and Ca2+ release channels revealed by carbachol uncaging in cell-attached patch pipette

Ashby, Michael C., Camello-Almaraz, Cristina, Gerasimenko, Oleg Vsevolodovich, Petersen, Ole Holger and Tepikin, Alexei V. 2003. Long distance communication between muscarinic receptors and Ca2+ release channels revealed by carbachol uncaging in cell-attached patch pipette. Journal of Biological Chemistry 278 (23) , pp. 20860-20864. 10.1074/jbc.M302599200

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Abstract

We have investigated the characteristics of cytosolic Ca2+ signals induced by muscarinic receptor activation of pancreatic acinar cells that reside within intact pancreatic tissue. We show that these cells exhibit global Ca2+ waves and local apical Ca2+ spikes. This is the first evidence for local Ca2+ signaling in undissociated pancreatic tissue. The mechanism of formation of localized Ca2+ signals was examined using a novel approach involving photolysis of caged carbachol inside a patch pipette attached to the basal surface of an acinar unit. This local activation of basal muscarinic receptors elicited local cytosolic Ca2+ spikes in the apical pole more than 15 μm away from the site of stimulation. In some experiments, local basal receptor activation elicited a Ca2+ wave that started in the apical pole and then spread toward the base. Currently, there are two competing hypotheses for preferential apical Ca2+ signaling. One invokes the need for structural proximity of the cholinergic receptors and the Ca2+ release channels in the apical pole, whereas the other postulates long distance communication between basal receptors and the channels. Our intrapipette uncaging experiments provide definitive evidence for long distance communication between basal muscarinic receptors and apical Ca2+ release channels.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
ISSN: 0021-9258
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:38
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/63142

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