XB-ART-25844Brain Res Mol Brain Res 1990 Jun 01;81:31-6. doi: 10.1016/0169-328x(90)90006-y.
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Alpha-latrotoxin triggers an increase of ionized calcium in Xenopus oocytes injected with rat brain mRNA.
When Xenopus oocytes are injected with rat brain mRNA, they acquire the ability to respond to bath applied alpha-latrotoxin. This spider venom toxin is normally highly selective for nerve endings, where its binding is associated with a high-frequency, quantal discharge of neurotransmitter. By 'transplanting' toxin acceptor sites to Xenopus oocytes, we have observed both a toxin-mediated rise in cellular ionized Ca along with the triggering of a calcium-dependent chloride channel in these cells. This approach may contribute both to a better understanding of the mechanism of action of this toxin and to efforts to clone the cDNA for this binding site.
PubMed ID: 2166198
Article link: Brain Res Mol Brain Res