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    Keywords: brain ; RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; Germany ; NETWORKS ; SYSTEM ; TOOL ; DISTINCT ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TRANSDUCTION ; COMPLEX ; MESSENGER-RNA ; RAT ; signal transduction ; MEMBRANE ; SIGNAL-TRANSDUCTION ; mass spectrometry ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; CHROMATOGRAPHY ; PROTEOMIC ANALYSIS ; glutathione-S-transferase ; BINDING PROTEIN ; signaling ; molecular ; NEURONS ; analysis ; cilia ; ENGLAND ; XENOBIOTIC-METABOLIZING ENZYMES ; affinity chromatography ; calcium-calmodulin ; CHEMOSENSORY CILIA ; NUCLEOTIDE-GATED CHANNEL ; olfaction ; olfactory receptor neurons ; PHOSPHOLIPID-BINDING ; SENSORY NEURONS
    Abstract: The olfactory neuroepithelium represents a unique interface between the brain and the external environment. Olfactory function comprises a distinct set of molecular tasks: sensory signal transduction, cytoprotection and adult neurogenesis. A multitude of biochemical studies has revealed the central role of Ca2+ signaling in the function of olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs). We set out to establish Ca2+-dependent signaling networks in ORN cilia by proteomic analysis. We subjected a ciliary membrane preparation to Ca2+/calmodulin-affinity chromatography using mild detergent conditions in order to maintain functional protein complexes involved in olfactory Ca2+ signaling. Thus, calmodulin serves as a valuable tool to gain access to novel Ca2+-regulated protein complexes. Tandem mass spectrometry (nanoscale liquid-chromatography-electrospray injection) identified 123 distinct proteins. Ninety-seven proteins (79%) could be assigned to specific olfactory functions, including 32 to sensory signal transduction and 40 to cytoprotection. We point out novel perspectives for research on the Ca2+-signaling networks in the olfactory system of the rat. (C) 2007 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18155848
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