Inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate-binding proteins controlling the phototransduction cascade of invertebrate visual cells

A. Kishigami, T. Ogasawara, Y. Watanabe, Masato Hirata, T. Maeda, F. Hayashi, Y. Tsukahara

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The main phototransduction cascade in invertebrate visual cells involves the turnover of phosphatidylinositol, an important biochemical mechanism common to many signal-transduction systems. Light-activated rhodopsin stimulates guanine nucleotide exchange on the Gq class of G-protein, which activates phospholipase C to hydrolyze phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate to inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol. Subsequently, inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate-binding proteins continue the signal cascade. Here, we report on the first inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate-binding proteins demonstrated in an invertebrate visual system with our investigation of the photosensitive rhabdoms of squid. We screened the ability of proteins to interact with inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate by affinity column chromatography with an inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate analogue. We detected an inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate-binding affinity in phospholipase C, receptor kinase and five other proteins in the cytosolic fraction and, surprisingly, rhodopsin in the membrane fraction. A binding assay with 3H-labelled inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate demonstrated the inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate affinity of each of the purified proteins. Since rhodopsin, receptor kinase and phospholipase C are involved upstream of phosphatidylinositol turnover in the signal cascade, our result suggests that phosphatidylinositol turnover is important in feedback pathways in the signalling system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 10 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Insect Science


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