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Stimulation of the T cell antigen receptor/CD3 complex is followed by phospholipase C activation, phosphoinositol lipid metabolism and ultimately by a rapid rise in both myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate [Ins(1,4,5)P3] and myo-inositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate [Ins(1,3,4,5)P4] as well as cytosolic free calcium concentration. A 5-phosphatase plays a pivotal role in the subsequent metabolism of Ins(1,4,5)P3 and Ins(1,3,4,5)P4. Synthetic routes have been developed which have enabled the synthesis of both natural and unnatural inositol phosphates and this approach has yielded several compounds which have been shown to act as inhibitors of Ins(1,4,5)P3 5-phosphatase. These compounds offer considerable potential for investigation of the complex metabolism and function of Ins(1,4,5)P3 and Ins(1,3,4,5)P4 in T cell activation and proliferation. We now report the time course and temperature sensitivity of Ins(1,4,5)P3-induced 45Ca2+ release in the permeabilised leukaemic T cell line Jurkat. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the metabolism of Ins(1,4,5)P3 in the presence of two novel 5-phosphatase inhibitors, namely L-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphorothioate [L-Ins(1,4,5)PS3] and myo-inositol 1,3,5-trisphosphorothioate [Ins(1,3,5)PS3], can be inhibited with concomitant elevation of the heparin-sensitive Ins(1,4,5)P3-induced release of 45Ca2+. These novel 5-phosphatase inhibitors provide a starting point for development of cell-permeable analogues which may be able to modulate cell function in intact cells and may be used as manipulative tools with which to elucidate the function of Ins(1,4,5)P3 and Ins(1,3,4,5)P4 with respect to T cell activation.


Journal article


Eur J Biochem

Publication Date





515 - 523


Animals, CD3 Complex, Calcium, Cell Line, Heparin, Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate, Inositol Phosphates, Inositol Polyphosphate 5-Phosphatases, Kinetics, Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases, Rats, Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, Structure-Activity Relationship, T-Lymphocytes