Ca2+-activated Cl ̄ channels are an important component of olfactory transduction. Odorant binding to odorant receptors in the cilia of olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) leads to an increase of intraciliary Ca2+ concentration by Ca2+ entry through cyclic nucleotide-gated channels. Ca2+ activates a Cl ̄ channel that leads to an efflux of Cl ̄ from the cilia, contributing to the amplification of the OSN depolarization. The molecular identity of this Cl ̄ channel remains elusive. Recent evidences have indicated that bestrophins are able to form Ca2+-activated Cl ̄ channels channels in heterologous systems. Immunohistochemistry revealed that mBest2 was expressed on the cilia of OSNs, the site of olfactory transduction, and co-localized with the main subunit of cyclic nucleotide-gated channels, CNGA2. We performed a functional comparison of the properties of Ca2+-activated Cl ̄ channels from native channels expressed in dendritic knob/cilia of mouse OSNs with those induced by heterologous expression of mBest2 in HEK-293 cells. Even if the two channels did not display identical characteristics, they have many similar features such as the same anion permeability, the Ca2+ sensitivity in micromolar range and the same side-specific blockage of the two Cl ̄ channel blockers commonly used to inhibit the odorant-induced Ca2+-activated Cl ̄ channels in OSNs, niflumic acid and 4-acetamido-4’-isothiocyanato-stilben-2,2’-disulfonate (SITS). However electroolfactogram recording from mBest2 null mice showed a normal sensitivity to odorant stimulation. Therefore mBest2 is a good candidate for being a molecular component of the olfactory Ca2+-activated Cl ̄ channels but its precise role in olfactory transduction remains to be clarified.
|Autori interni:||Pifferi, Simone|
|Titolo:||Calcium Activated Chloride Channels In Olfactory Transduction|
|Data di pubblicazione:||20-nov-2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||8.1 PhD thesis|