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Asymmetric distribution of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Biotech

Publisher : Am Physiological Soc

Source : American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology, Am Physiological Soc, Volume 277, Issue 6, p.C1220–C1228 (1999)

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Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Biotechnology

Center : Cell Biology

Department : biotechnology

Year : 1999

Abstract : We have characterized the muscarinic ACh receptors (mAChRs) expressed in Madin- Darby canine kidney (MDCK) strain II epithelial cells. Binding studies with the membrane-impermeable antagonist N-[(3)H]methylscopolamine demonstrated that mAChRs are approximately 2.5 times more abundant on the basolateral than on the apical surface. Apical, but not basolateral, mAChRs inhibited forskolin-stimulated adenylyl cyclase activity in response to the agonist carbachol. Neither apical nor basolateral mAChRs exhibited detectable carbachol-stimulated phospholipase C activity. Carbachol application to the apical or the basolateral membrane resulted in a threefold increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, which was completely inhibited by pertussis toxin on the apical side and partially inhibited on the basolateral side. RT-PCR analysis showed that MDCK cells express the M(4) and M(5) receptor mRNAs. These data suggest that M(4) receptors reside on the apical and basolateral membranes of polarized MDCK strain II cells and that the M(5) receptor may reside in the basolateral membrane of a subset of cells.

Cite this Research Publication : L. S. Nadler, Dr. Geetha Kumar, Hinds, T. R., Migeon, J. C., and Nathanson, N. M., “Asymmetric distribution of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells”, American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology, vol. 277, pp. C1220–C1228, 1999.

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