Barbara E Ehrlich

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Release of calcium from intracellular stores occurs by two pathways, an inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3)-gated channel and a calcium-gated channel (ryanodine receptor). Using specific antibodies, both receptors were found in Purkinje cells of cerebellum. We have now compared the functional properties of the channels corresponding to the two receptors by(More)
FK506-binding protein (FKBP12) was originally identified as the cytosolic receptor for the immunosuppressant drugs FK506 and rapamycin. The cellular function of FKBP12, a ubiquitously expressed 12,000-dalton proline isomerase, has been unknown. FKBP12 copurifies with the 565,000-dalton ryanodine receptor (RyR), four of which form intracellular Ca2+ release(More)
Two classes of intracellular Ca(2+)-release channels, the ryanodine receptor and the inositol (1,4,5)-trisphosphate (IP3) receptor, are essential for spatio-temporal Ca2+ signalling in cells. Heparin and caffeine have been widely used to study these channels. It was originally thought that caffeine acts solely as an agonist for the ryanodine receptor and(More)
Polycystin-2, the product of the gene mutated in type 2 autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), is the prototypical member of a subfamily of the transient receptor potential (TRP) channel superfamily, which is expressed abundantly in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. Here, we show by single channel studies that polycystin-2 behaves as a(More)
The conduction properties of inositol (1,4,5)-trisphosphate (InsP3)-gated calcium (Ca) channels (InsP3R) from canine cerebellum for divalent cations and the regulation of the channels by intraluminal Ca were studied using channels reconstituted into planar lipid bilayers. Analysis of single-channel recordings performed with different divalent cations(More)
The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP3R) is the main calcium(Ca2+) release channel in most tissues. Three isoforms have been identified, but only types I and II InsP3R have been characterized. Here we examine the functional properties of the type III InsP3R because this receptor is restricted to the trigger zone from which Ca2+ waves originate and(More)
The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptor, a Ca(2+)-permeable channel, plays a key role in intracellular Ca2+ signaling. The effects of ATP on the IP3 receptor at the single-channel level were characterized after channel incorporation into planar lipid bilayers. ATP alone was not sufficient to open the IP3-gated channel, but addition of ATP or(More)
The mechanism by which inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (InsP3) induces calcium (Ca) release from the reticulum of canine cerebellum was examined. Reticular membrane vesicles used in these experiments accumulated Ca in the presence of ATP and then released approximately 30% of the accumulated Ca upon addition of micromolar concentrations of InsP3. When these(More)
The mechanism of Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) of slow and fast twitch muscle was compared by examining biochemical characteristics, ryanodine binding. Ca2+ efflux, and single Ca2+ channel properties of SR vesicles. Although many features of the Ca2+ release channel were comparable, two functional assays revealed remarkable differences.(More)