Expression of extracellular calcium-sensing receptor by human lens epithelial cells

Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Chianping Ye, Dhirendra P. Singh, Olga Kifor, Peter M. Vassilev, Toshimiki Shinohara, Leo T. Chylack, Edward M. Brown

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The extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) confers the capacity to sense small changes in the extracellular Ca2+ concentration (Ca02+) not only upon cells involved in maintaining systemic Ca2+ homeostasis but also upon those not directly involved in this process. Since high Ca02+ is known to affect various physiological processes in lens epithelium both in health and in disease states (e.g., the formation of cataracts in hypocalcemic states), we investigated the expression and function of the CaR in these cells. By RT-PCR and immunocytochemistry the CaR is expressed in human lens epithelial cells in culture. In addition, the open state probability of a Ca2+-activated potassium (K+) channel with a conductance of 82 +/- 3 pS is significantly increased by elevating Ca02+ to 3.0 mM or by application of 100 μM neomycin, both effective CaR agonists. Therefore, our data suggest that human lens epithelial cells express the CaR, which may be functionally linked to Ca2+-activated K+ channels and, perhaps, to other ion channels involved in ionic homeostasis in the lens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-805
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 28 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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