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Department of Pharmacology

Tovey, SC, Sun, Y, Taylor, CW

Functional assays of intracellular Ca2+ channels, such as the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R), have generally used 45Ca2+-flux assays, fluorescent indicators loaded within either the cytosol or the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of single cells, or electrophysiological analyses. None of these methods is readily applicable to rapid, high-throughput quantitative analyses. Here we provide a detailed protocol for high-throughput functional analysis of native and recombinant IP3Rs. A low-affinity Ca2+ indicator (mag-fluo-4) trapped within the ER of permeabilized cells is shown to report changes in luminal free Ca2+ concentration reliably. An automated fluorescence plate reader allows rapid measurement of Ca2+ release from intracellular stores mediated by IP3R. The method can be readily adapted to other cell types or to the analysis of other intracellular Ca2+ channels. This protocol can be completed in 2-3 h.

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December 2006
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Nat Protoc
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