Human calcium-sensing receptor can be suppressed by antisense sequences

David Maldonado-Pérez, Gerda E. Breitwieser, Lucio Gama, Austin C. Elliott, Donald T. Ward, Daniela Riccardi

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We have evaluated the ability of an antisense cDNA sequence, directed to the amino-terminus of the human calcium-sensing receptor (CaR), to reduce the expression and function of an EGFP-tagged CaR (CaR-EGFP) in HEK293 cells. Confocal microscopy and Western blot analysis showed a significant and selective reduction of the expression of CaR-EGFP by the antisense construct. Measurements of changes in intracellular calcium induced by CaR agonists showed that CaR-EGFP function was significantly reduced by the antisense sequence, as was agonist-evoked phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases (ERK1,2). A sense construct directed to the same region of the receptor had no effect, confirming the specificity of the antisense construct. Our results indicate that a CaR antisense cDNA reduces both the expression and function of the receptor. In the absence of strong, specific pharmacological inhibitors of CaR, the antisense approach will be helpful to elucidate contributions of the CaR to cell physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-617
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 21 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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