ATP induces Ca2+ release from IP3-sensitive Ca2+ stores exclusively in large DRG neurones

Natalia Svichar, Anatoly Shmigol, Alexej Verkhratsky, Platon Kostyuk

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Purinoreceptor-mediated intracellular Ca2+ release was studied in freshly isolated adult mouse dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurones. The cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+](i)) was measured using indo-1- based microfluorimetry. The application of 100 μM ATP in Ca2+-free solution triggered an increase in [Ca2+](i) in 93% of large DRG neurones but in no small ones. The ATP-induced [Ca2+](i) transients in large neurones were inhibited by cells incubation with thapsigargin or by intracellular dialysis with heparin-containing solution. The ATP-triggered increase in [Ca2+](i) was not mimicked by adenosine and was blocked by suramin, suggesting the involvement of metabotropic (P(2Y)) purinoreceptors. We conclude that large (proprioceptive) DRG neurones express P(2Y) purinoreceptors linked to the inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate-Ca2+ intracellular signal transduction cascade, whereas small (nociceptive) DRG neurones are devoid of such a mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1559
Number of pages5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcium stores
  • Cytoplasmic calcium
  • Metabotropic (P(2Y)) purinoreceptors
  • Sensory neurones
  • Suramin
  • Thapsigargin
  • inositol 1,4,5- triphosphate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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