Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Oscillations of cytosolic Ca2+ are well-known to rely on the regulatory properties of the InsP3R (inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor). Three isoforms of this channel have been identified. They differ in their regulatory properties by Ca2+ and InsP3. Experiments in different cell types clearly indicate that the relative amounts of each isoform affect the time course of Ca2+ changes after agonist stimulation. In the present study, we investigate whether different steady-state curves for the open probability of the InsP3Rs as a function of Ca2+ imply different dynamical behaviours when these receptors are present in a cellular environment. We therefore describe by a specific phenomenological model the three main types of curves that have been reported: (i) the classical bell-shaped curve, (ii) the bell-shaped curve that is shifted towards higher Ca2+ concentrations when InsP3 is increased, and (iii) a monotonous increasing function of cytosolic Ca2+.