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3/4/20041 The Pituitary Gonadotropes, II. 3/4/20042 Articles on Ca 2+ signaling in P.G. [1] A. Tse, F.W. Tse, W. Almers, and B. Hille, Rhythmic exocytosis.

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Presentation on theme: "3/4/20041 The Pituitary Gonadotropes, II. 3/4/20042 Articles on Ca 2+ signaling in P.G. [1] A. Tse, F.W. Tse, W. Almers, and B. Hille, Rhythmic exocytosis."— Presentation transcript:

1 3/4/20041 The Pituitary Gonadotropes, II

2 3/4/20042 Articles on Ca 2+ signaling in P.G. [1] A. Tse, F.W. Tse, W. Almers, and B. Hille, Rhythmic exocytosis stimulated by GnRH-induced calcium oscillations in rat gonadotropes, Science 60: 82-84, [2] F.W. Tse and A. Tse, Regulation of exocytosis via release of [Ca 2+ ] i from intracellular stores, BioEssays 21: , 1999.

3 3/4/20043 [1] Dependence on internal Ca 2+ In pituitary gonadotropes, GnRH induces rhythmic oscillations in Ca 2+ concentrations. These oscillations trigger exocytosis, releasing LH and FSH into the circulatory system. Where is the calcium that triggers the exocytosis coming from? Does each increase in [Ca 2+ ] i trigger exocytosis? In [1], Tse, et al., used high temporal resolution capacitance measurements to monitor cell membrane capacitance,  C m, and measure [Ca 2+ ] i and  C m simultaneously.

4 3/4/20044 [1], Figure 1, page 82

5 3/4/20045 Based on micrographs by others, they estimate about 10,000 secretory vesicles in a single rat gonadotrope, of which are within a vesicle diameter of the cell membrane. They estimate that more than 540 vesicles were released in a single 10-second application of GnHR. Increase in [Ca 2+ ] i is necessary for exocytosis: application of GnRH when the Ca 2+ is chelated does not produce exocytosis. Exocytosis did occur when caged photolysis of IP 3 triggered [Ca 2+ ] i without presence of GnRH. When extracellular Ca 2+ was removed, application of GnRH still produced both [Ca 2+ ] i oscillations and exocytosis.

6 3/4/20046 Hormone stimulated exocytosis is tightly coupled to an oscillatory release of Ca 2+ from intracellular stores that leads to micromolar increases in [Ca 2+ ] i Each increase in [Ca 2+ ] i can result in a burst of exocytosis Propose that each [Ca 2+ ] i elevation rapidly releases the most readily available vesicles, others are mobilized during the decrease of [Ca 2+ ] i Oscillations of [Ca 2+ ] i have the advantage of reducing toxic effects of high [Ca 2+ ] i yet maintaining a secretory output comparable to sustained elevation of [Ca 2+ ] i [1] Conclusions

7 3/4/20047 Depending on the spatial relationship between the intracellular stores of Ca 2+ and the site of the exocytosis, the Ca 2+ signal can be very local or spread through the entire cell. During physiological stimulation, the average concentration of the intracellular Ca 2+, [Ca 2+ ] i seldom rises beyond a few  M, but in exocytosis, the local concentration may rise to tens or hundreds of  M. While formerly believed to not be the case for release of Ca 2+ from intracellular stores, this point of view is no longer tenable. [2] Local / global changes in [Ca 2+ ] i

8 3/4/20048 First, more sensitive imaging has detected a local gradient during release of Ca 2+ from intracellular stores. Second, new studies of Ca 2+ dependence of exocytosis show that low levels of [Ca 2+ ] i are insufficient to trigger exocytosis. intracellular stores. Pancreatic acinar cells, pituitary gonadotropes, and pituitary corticotropes behave differently in the dependence on local gradients of [Ca 2+ ] i for exocytosis.

9 3/4/20049 When stimulated by GnRH, the anterior pituitary gland secretes the reproductive hormones LH and FSH. The GnRH acts via a G-protein coupled receptor stimulating the release of Ca 2+ from IP 3 sensitive stores. The peak [Ca 2+ ] i reaches 1 to 3  M and exocytosis begins to occur when [Ca 2+ ] i reaches.03  M and each burst of Ca 2+ triggers a burst of exocytosis. By using the photolysis of caged IP 3 to trigger the release of the Ca 2+, it is possible to more closely follow the rate of exocytosis.

10 3/4/ [2], Figure 1, page 863

11 3/4/ The study provides evidence that in the pituitary gonadotropes, the IP 3 sensitive stores are probably quite close to the sites of exocytosis. The fact that the rate of exocytosis falls before the peak of the [Ca 2+ ] i is probably due to the dissipation of the Ca 2+ away from the site of exocytosis as the SERCA pumps start to operate before the more general [Ca 2+ ] i has peaked. Since the residual Ca 2+ must be cleared before a second increase can begin, which expends energy in the form of ATP to fuel the SERCA pumps, this may lead to a more energy efficient mechanism for hormone secretion.


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