Characterization of a Madin-Darby Canine Kidney Cell Line Stably Expressing TRPV5

Pflugers Arch. 2005 Jul;450(4):236-44. doi: 10.1007/s00424-005-1409-3. Epub 2005 May 28.


To provide a cell model for studying specifically the regulation of Ca2+ entry by the epithelial calcium channel transient receptor potential-vanilloid-5 (TRPV5), green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged TRPV5 was expressed stably in Madin-Darby canine kidney type I (MDCK) cells. The localization of GFP-TRPV5 in this cell line showed an intracellular granular distribution. Ca2+ uptake in GFP-TRPV5-MDCK cells cultured on plastic supports was threefold higher than in non-transfected cells. Moreover, apical Ca2+ uptake in GFP-TRPV5-MDCK cells cultured on permeable supports was eightfold higher than basolateral Ca2+ uptake, indicating that GFP-TRPV5 is expressed predominantly in the apical membrane. Patch-clamp analysis showed the presence of typical electrophysiological features of GFP-TRPV5, such as inwardly rectifying currents, inhibition by divalent cations and Ca2+-dependent inactivation. Moreover, the TRPV5 inhibitor ruthenium red completely inhibited Ca2+ uptake in GFP-TRPV5-MDCK cells, whereas Ca2+ uptake in non-transfected cells was not inhibited. The characterized GFP-TRPV5-MDCK cell line was used to assess the regulation of TRPV5. The protein kinase C activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate and the cAMP-elevating compounds forskolin/3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine, 8-Br-cAMP and PGE2 stimulated TRPV5 activity in GFP-TRPV5-MDCK cells by 121+/-7, 79+/-5, 55+/-4 and 61+/-7%, respectively. These compounds did not affect Ca2+ uptake in non-transfected cells. In conclusion, the GFP-TRPV5-MDCK cell line provides a model to specifically study the regulation of TRPV5 activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Calcium Channels / biosynthesis*
  • Calcium Channels / genetics
  • Cell Line*
  • Dogs
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Kidney
  • Rabbits
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Transfection


  • Calcium Channels
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Calcium