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Liberation of Ca(2+) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) through inositol trisphosphate receptors (IP(3)R) is modulated by the ER Ca(2+) content, and overexpression of SERCA2b to accelerate Ca(2+) sequestration into the ER has been shown to potentiate the frequency and amplitude of IP(3)-evoked Ca(2+) waves in Xenopus oocytes. Here, we examined the effects of SERCA overexpression on the elementary IP(3)-evoked puffs to elucidate whether ER [Ca(2+)] may modulate IP(3)R function via luminal regulatory sites in addition to simply determining the size of the available store and electrochemical driving force for Ca(2+) release. SERCA2b and Ca(2+) permeable nicotinic plasmalemmal channels were expressed in oocytes, and hyperpolarizing pulses were delivered to induce Ca(2+) influx and thereby load ER stores. Puffs evoked by photoreleased IP(3) were significantly potentiated in terms of numbers of responding sites, frequency and amplitude following transient Ca(2+) influx in SERCA-overexpressing cells, whereas little change was evident with SERCA overexpression alone or following Ca(2+) influx in control cells not overexpressing SERCA. Intriguingly, we observed the appearance of a new population of puffs that arose after long latencies and had prolonged durations supporting the notion of luminal regulation of IP(3)R gating kinetics.

Original publication




Journal article


Cell Calcium

Publication Date





36 - 41


Animals, Calcium, Calcium Signaling, Cyclic ADP-Ribose, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Humans, Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate, Kinetics, Oocytes, Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases, Xenopus laevis