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Many hormones and neurotransmitters evoke Ca2+ release from intracellular stores, often triggering agonist-specific signatures of intracellular Ca2+ concentration. Inositol trisphosphate (InsP3) and cyclic adenosine 5'-diphosphate-ribose (cADPR) are established Ca2+-mobilizing messengers that activate Ca2+ release through intracellular InsP3 and ryanodine receptors, respectively. However, in pancreatic acinar cells, neither messenger can explain the complex pattern of Ca2+ signals triggered by the secretory hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). We show here that the Ca2+-mobilizing molecule nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP), an endogenous metabolite of beta-NADP, triggers a Ca2+ response that varies from short-lasting Ca2+ spikes to a complex mixture of short-lasting (1-2s) and long-lasting (0.2-1 min) Ca2+ spikes. Cells were significantly more sensitive to NAADP than to either cADPR or InsP3, whereas higher concentrations of NAADP selectively inactivated CCK-evoked Ca2+ signals in pancreatic acinar cells, indicating that NAADP may function as an intracellular messenger in mammalian cells.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/18032

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nature

Publication Date

04/03/1999

Volume

398

Pages

74 - 76

Keywords

Adenosine Diphosphate Ribose, Animals, Calcium, Calcium Signaling, Cyclic ADP-Ribose, Heparin, In Vitro Techniques, Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate, Mice, NADP, Pancreas, Sea Urchins