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Effect of tri-n-butyltin on intracellular Ca2+ concentration of mouse thymocytes under Ca(2+)-free condition.

Effect of tri-n-butyltin at concentrations ranging from 100 nM to 1 microM on the intracellular Ca2+ concentration of mouse thymocytes was examined under Ca(2+)-free conditions in comparison with those of 50 nM A23187, 100 nM thapsigargin and 10 microM cyclopiazonic acid, using the fluorescent dye for intracellular Ca2+, fluo-3. Tri-n-butyltin persistently increased the intensity of fluo-3 fluorescence while A23187, thapsigargin and cyclopiazonic acid produced a transient augmentation of the fluorescence. Pretreatment with A23187 greatly decreased the fluorescence responses induced by 1 microM tri-n-butyltin. However, the effect of thapsigargin and cyclopiazonic acid on the tri-n-butyltin-induced response was much weaker than that of A23187. In the presence of tri-n-butyltin, the transient response produced by A23187 was greatly prolonged. Results may suggest that tri-n-butyltin increases the membrane Ca2+ permeability of the intracellular organelles (cellular calcium stores) and decreases the Ca2+ pump activity of thymocyte membrane, resulting in a sustained increase in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration under Ca(2+)-free concentration.[1]


  1. Effect of tri-n-butyltin on intracellular Ca2+ concentration of mouse thymocytes under Ca(2+)-free condition. Oyama, Y., Ueha, T., Hayashi, A., Chikahisa, L. Eur. J. Pharmacol. (1994) [Pubmed]
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