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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Cell Reports.

Volume 9, Issue 4, 20 November 2014, Pages 1209-1218.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.10.033

Copyright © 2014 The Authors.


Receptor-mediated oscillations in cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) could originate either directly from an autonomous Ca(2+) feedback oscillator at the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptor or as a secondary consequence of IP3 oscillations driven by Ca(2+) feedback on IP3 metabolism. It is challenging to discriminate these alternatives, because IP3 fluctuations could drive Ca(2+) oscillations or could just be a secondary response to the [Ca(2+)]i spikes. To investigate this problem, we constructed a recombinant IP3 buffer using type-I IP3 receptor ligand-binding domain fused to GFP (GFP-LBD), which buffers IP3 in the physiological range. This IP3 buffer slows hormone-induced [IP3] dynamics without changing steady-state [IP3]. GFP-LBD perturbed [Ca(2+)]i oscillations in a dose-dependent manner: it decreased both the rate of [Ca(2+)]i rise and the speed of Ca(2+) wave propagation and, at high levels, abolished [Ca(2+)]i oscillations completely. These data, together with computational modeling, demonstrate that IP3 dynamics play a fundamental role in generating [Ca(2+)]i oscillations and waves.

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