Calcium release at fertilization of Xenopus eggs requires type I IP(3) receptors, but not SH2 domain-mediated activation of PLCgamma or G(q)-mediated activation of PLCbeta.

@article{Runft1999CalciumRA,
  title={Calcium release at fertilization of Xenopus eggs requires type I IP(3) receptors, but not SH2 domain-mediated activation of PLCgamma or G(q)-mediated activation of PLCbeta.},
  author={Linda L. Runft and James Watras and Laurinda A Jaffe},
  journal={Developmental biology},
  year={1999},
  volume={214 2},
  pages={399-411}
}
Elevation of intracellular Ca2+ at fertilization is essential for the initiation of development in the Xenopus egg, but the pathway between sperm-egg interaction and Ca2+ release from the egg's endoplasmic reticulum is not well understood. Here we show that injection of an inhibitory antibody against the type I IP(3) receptor reduces Ca2+ release at fertilization, indicating that the Ca2+ release requires IP(3). We then examine how IP(3) production is initiated. Xenopus eggs were injected with… CONTINUE READING

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