Journal article

Pore formation is not associated with macroscopic redistribution of P2X7 receptors

ML Smart, RG Panchal, DN Bowser, DA Williams, S Petrou

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-CELL PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2002

Abstract

The present study examines whether changes in P2X7 purinergic receptor density precede formation of the cytolytic pore characteristic of this receptor. We fused P2X7 receptors with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) at the amino or carboxy termini (EGFP-P2X7 and P2X7-EGFP). Electrophysiological characterization in Xenopus oocytes revealed wild-type responses to ATP for GFP-tagged receptors. However, differences in sensitivity to ATP were apparent with the P2X7-EGFP receptor displaying a threefold reduction in ATP sensitivity compared with control. Ethidium ion uptake was used to measure cytolytic pore formation. Comparison of tagged receptors with wild type in HEK-293 and COS-7 cells ..

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