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Release currents of IP₃ receptor channel clusters and concentration profiles

Thul, Ruediger; Falcke, Martin

Authors

Martin Falcke



Abstract

We simulate currents and concentration profiles generated by Ca2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)
to the cytosol through IP3 receptor channel clusters. Clusters are described as conducting pores in the lumenal membrane with a diameter from 6 nm to 36 nm. The endoplasmic reticulum is modeled as a disc with a radius of 1–12 mm and an inner height of 28 nm. We adapt the dependence of the currents on the trans Ca2+ concentration (intralumenal) measured in lipid bilayer
experiments to the cellular geometry. Simulated currents are compared with signal mass measurements in Xenopus oocytes.
We find that release currents depend linearly on the concentration of free Ca2+ in the lumen. The release current is approximately proportional to the square root of the number of open channels in a cluster. Cytosolic concentrations at the location of the cluster range from 25 μM to 170 μM. Concentration increase due to puffs in a distance of a few micrometers from the puff site is found to be in the nanomolar range. Release currents decay biexponentially with timescales of < 1 s and a few
seconds. Concentration profiles decay with timescales of 0.125–0.250 s upon termination of release.

Citation

Thul, R., & Falcke, M. (2004). Release currents of IP₃ receptor channel clusters and concentration profiles. Biophysical Journal, 86(5),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2007
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, 2007
Journal Biophysical Journal
Print ISSN 0006-3495
Electronic ISSN 0006-3495
Publisher Biophysical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Issue 5
Keywords release currents, receptor channel clusters
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/702
Publisher URL http://www.biophysj.org/
Related Public URLs http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1304139
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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