Figure 1.

The Ca2+ mobilization and DMR signals mediated through endogenous PARs in A431. (a) The endogenous PARs and their corresponding agonists. Both receptors mediate Gq signaling, which proceeds through activation of the receptor, its coupled G protein and downstream target phospholipase C (PLC). The PLC hydrolyzes the membrane lipid phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate (PIP2), producing inositol triphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol (DAG). IP3 binds to and opens a calcium channel in the endoplasmic reticulum, leading to calcium mobilization. Calcium alters many cellular processes. The interaction of both DAG and calcium with protein kinase C (PKC) activates PKC kinase activity, which, in turn, phosphorylates many different protein targets including small GTPase Rho, leading to the remodeling of cytoskeletal structure. (b) The increase in intracellular Ca2+ level as a function of the concentration of different soluble PAR agonists. (c) The real-time dynamic mass redistribution signals induced by SFLLR-amide at different doses. The solid arrow indicates the time when SFLLR-amide is introduced. The DMR consists of two phases: an increase signal (termed Positive-DMR, P-DMR) and a sequential decay signal (termed Negative-DMR, N-DMR). (d) The amplitudes of both P-DMR and N-DMR events, calculated as indicated in (c), as a function of SFLLR-amide concentration.

Fang and Ferrie BMC Cell Biology 2007 8:24   doi:10.1186/1471-2121-8-24
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