Interaction and interrelation of P2X7 and P2X4 receptor complexes in mouse lung epithelial cells

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2010 Aug;67(15):2631-42. doi: 10.1007/s00018-010-0355-1. Epub 2010 Apr 20.


P2X4 and P2X7 receptors are ATP-gated ion channels that are co-expressed in alveolar epithelial type I cells. Both receptors are localized to the plasma membrane and partly associated with lipid rafts. Here we report on our study in an alveolar epithelial cell line of the molecular organization of P2X7R and P2X4R receptors and the effect of their knockdown. Native gel electrophoresis reveals three P2X7R complexes of approximately 430, approximately 580 and approximately 760 kDa. The latter two correspond exactly in size to signals of Cav-1, the structural protein of caveolae. Interestingly knockdown of P2rx7 affects protein levels, the intracellular distribution and the supramolecular organization of Cav-1 as well as of P2X4R, which is mainly detected in a complex of approximately 430 kDa. Our data suggest upregulation of P2X4R as a compensatory mechanism of P2X7R depletion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caveolae / metabolism
  • Cell Count
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cytoplasm / metabolism
  • Drug Interactions
  • Epithelial Cells / metabolism*
  • Lung / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Signal Transduction