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The sulphydryl reagent thimerosal (50 microM) released Ca2+ from a non-mitochondrial intracellular Ca2+ pool in a dose-dependent manner in permeabilized insulin-secreting RINm5F cells. This release was reversed after addition of the reducing agent dithiothreitol. Ca2+ was released from an Ins(1,4,5)P3-insensitive pool, since release was observed even after depletion of the Ins(1,4,5)P3-sensitive pool by a supramaximal dose of Ins(2,4,5)P3 or thapsigargin. The Ins(1,4,5)P3-sensitive pool remained essentially unaltered by thimerosal. Thimerosal-induced Ca2+ release was potentiated by caffeine. These findings suggest the existence of Ca(2+)-induced Ca2+ release also in insulin-secreting cells.


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287 - 291


Caffeine, Calcium, Cell Line, Cell Membrane Permeability, Dithiothreitol, Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate, Insulin, Insulin Secretion, Thimerosal