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2′, 3′-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)–ATP-mediated calcium signaling in rat glioma C6 cells: role of the P2Y2 nucleotide receptor


In this study, we examined the response of glioma C6 cells to 2′,3′-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)-ATP (BzATP) and showed that the BzATP-induced calcium signaling does not involve the P2X7 receptor activity. We show here that in the absence of extracellular Ca2+, BzATP-generated increase in [Ca2+]i via Ca2+ release from intracellular stores. In the presence of calcium ions, BzATP established a biphasic Ca2+ response, in a manner typical for P2Y receptors. Brilliant Blue G, a selective antagonist of the rat P2X7 receptor, did not reduce any of the two components of the Ca2+ response elicited by BzATP. Periodate-oxidized ATP blocked not only BzATP- but also UTP-induced Ca2+ elevation. Moreover, BzATP did not open large transmembrane pores. What is more, a cross-desensitization between UTP and BzATP occurred, which clearly shows that in glioma C6 cells BzATP activates most likely the P2Y2 but not the P2X7 receptors.

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Supłat-Wypych, D., Dygas, A. & Barańska, J. 2′, 3′-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)–ATP-mediated calcium signaling in rat glioma C6 cells: role of the P2Y2 nucleotide receptor. Purinergic Signalling 6, 317–325 (2010).

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  • BzATP
  • Nucleotide receptors
  • P2X
  • P2Y
  • P2X7
  • Glioma C6