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IP3 receptor activity is differentially regulated in endoplasmic reticulum subdomains during oocyte maturation. Curr Biol 2005 Apr 26;15(8):765-70



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2-s2.0-18044379030   38 Citations


Fertilization competency results from hormone-induced remodeling of oocytes into eggs. The signaling pathways that effect this change exemplify bistability, where brief hormone exposure irrevocably switches cell fate. In Xenopus, changes in Ca(2+) signaling epitomize such remodeling: The reversible Ca(2+) signaling phenotype of oocytes rapidly adapts to support irreversible propagation of the fertilization Ca(2+) wave. Here, we simultaneously resolved IP(3) receptor (IP(3)R) activity with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) structure to optically dissect the functional architecture of the Ca(2+) release apparatus underpinning this reorganization. We show that changes in Ca(2+) signaling correlate with IP(3)R redistribution from specialized ER substructures called annulate lamellae (AL), where Ca(2+) release activity is attenuated, into IP(3)R-replete patches in the cortical ER of eggs that support the fertilization Ca(2+) wave. These data show: first, that IP(3)R sensitivity is regulated with high spatial acuity even between contiguous ER regions; and second, that drastic reorganization of Ca(2+) signaling dynamics can be driven by subcellular redistribution in the absence of changes in channel number or molecular or familial Ca(2+) channel diversity. Finally, these results define a novel role for AL in Ca(2+) signaling. Because AL are prevalent in other scenarios of rapid cell division, further studies of their impact on Ca(2+) signaling are warranted.

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Boulware MJ, Marchant JS


Jonathan S. Marchant PhD Chair, Professor in the Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Calcium Channels
Endoplasmic Reticulum
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Receptors
Microscopy, Confocal
Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
Signal Transduction
Xenopus laevis
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