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Certain eukaryotic cells can sense changes in their extracellular Ca2+ concentration through molecular structures termed Ca(2+)-sensing receptors (CaRs). We have shown recently that in the bone-resorbing osteoclast, a unique cell surface-expressed ryanodine receptor (RyR), functions as the CaR. The present study demonstrates that the sensitivity of this receptor is modulated by physiological femtomolar concentrations of the bone-conserving hormone, calcitonin. Calcitonin was found to inhibit cytosolic Ca2+ responses to both Ca2+ and Ni2+. The latter inhibition was mimicked by amylin (10(-12) M), calcitonin gene-related peptide (10(-12) M), cholera toxin (5 micrograms/l) and dibutyryl adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) (2.5 x 10(-4) or 5 x 10(-4) M) and was reversed by the protein kinase A phosphorylation inhibitor, IP-20. Finally, using a quench flow module, we showed that cellular cAMP levels rise to a peak within 25 ms of calcitonin application; this is consistent with the peptide's rapid effect on CaR activation. We conclude, therefore, that cAMP plays a critical role in the control of CaR function by calcitonin.

Original publication




Journal article


Am j physiol

Publication Date





F637 - F644


Animals, Calcitonin, Calcium, Calcium Channel Blockers, Calcium-Binding Proteins, Cyclic AMP, Cytosol, Extracellular Space, Nickel, Osmolar Concentration, Osteoclasts, Rats, Rats, Wistar