Bombesin-induced cytosolic Ca2+ spiking in pancreatic acinar cells depends on cyclic ADP-ribose and ryanodine receptors

D. Burdakov, J. M. Cancela, O. H. Petersen

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    Different hormones and neurotransmitters, using Ca2+ as their intracellular messenger, can generate specific cytosolic Ca2+ signals in different parts of a cell. In mouse pancreatic acinar cells, cytosolic Ca2+ oscillations are triggered by activation of acetylcholine (ACh), cholecystokinin (CCK) and bombesin receptors. Low concentrations of these three agonists all induce local Ca2+ spikes, but in the case of bombesin and CCK these spikes can also trigger global Ca2+ signals. Here we monitor cytosolic Ca2+ oscillations induced by low (2-5 pM) concentrations of bombesin and show that, like ACh- and CCK-induced oscillations, the bombesin-elicited responses are inhibited by ryanodine (50 μM). We then demonstrate that, like CCK- but unlike ACh-induced oscillations, the responses to bombesin are abolished by intracellular infusion of the cyclic ADP ribose (cADPr) antagonist 8-NH2-cADPr (20 μM). We conclude that in mouse pancreatic acinar cells, bombesin, CCK and ACh all produce local Ca2+ spikes by recruiting common oscillator units composed of ryanodine and inositol trisphosphate receptors. However, bombesin and CCK also recruit cADPr receptors, which may account for the global Ca2+ signals that can be evoked by these two agonists. Our new results indicate that each Ca2+-mobilizing agonist, acting on mouse pancreatic acinar cells, recruits a unique combination of intracellular Ca2+ channels. © 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211-216
    Number of pages5
    JournalCell calcium
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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