Isolation and functional characterization of an inositol trisphosphate receptor from brain

S. H. Snyder, S. Supattapone

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We have identified an IP3 receptor protein in brain membranes through the binding of radiolabelled IP3. Autoradiographic studies localize the receptor to various areas of the brain with highest densities in Purkinje cells of the cerebellum. IP3 binding is inhibited by physiologic intracellular concentrations of calcium. Purification of the IP3 receptor to homogeneity reveals it to be comprised of four identical subunits of 260 kD each. Antisera to the purified receptor protein have been employed for immunohistochemical studies which, at the electron microscopic level, localize the IP3 receptor to a subdivision of the rough endoplasmic reticulum occurring in synaptic areas and in close association with the nuclear membrane. The IP3 receptor protein is selectively phosphorylated by cyclic AMP (cAMP) dependent protein kinase. This phosphorylation decreases 10-fold the potency of IP3 in releasing calcium from brain membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalCell Calcium
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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