Inositol phosphate

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Phosphate group

Inositol phosphates are a group of mono- to hexaphosphorylated inositols. Each form of inositol phosphate is distinguished by the number and position of the phosphate group on the inositol ring.

A series of phosphorylation and dephosphorylation reactions are carried out by at least 19 phosphoinositide kinases and 28 phosphoinositide phosphatase enzymes[1] allowing for the inter-conversion between the inositol phosphate compounds based on cellular demand.

Inositol phosphates play a crucial role in various signal transduction pathways responsible for cell growth and differentiation, apoptosis, DNA repair, RNA export, regeneration of ATP and more.


Inositol trisphosphate[edit]

inositol-phospholipid signaling pathway

The inositol-phospholipid signaling pathway is responsible for the generation of IP3 through the cleavage of Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) found in the lipid bi-layer of the plasma membrane by phospholipase C in response to either receptor tyrosine kinase or Gq alpha subunit-G protein-coupled receptor signaling. Soluble inositol trisphosphate (IP3) is able to rapidly diffuse into the cytosol and bind to the inositol trisphosphate receptor (InsP3Rs) calcium channels located in the endoplasmic reticulum. This releases calcium into the cytosol, serving as a rapid and potent signal for various cellular processes.[1]

Further reading: Function of calcium in humans


Inositol tetra-, penta-, and hexa-phosphates have been implicated in gene expression.[2][3]

Inositol hexaphosphate[edit]

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) is the most abundant inositol phosphate isomer found. IP6 is solely involved in various biological activities such as neurotransmission, immune response, regulation of kinase and phosphatase proteins as well as activation of calcium channels. [1] IP6 is also involved in ATP regeneration seen in plants as well as insulin exocytosis in pancreatic β cells.

Inositol hexaphosphate also facilitates the formation of the six-helix bundle and assembly of the immature HIV-1 Gag lattice. IP6 makes ionic contacts with two rings of lysine residues at the centre of the Gag hexamer. Proteolytic cleavage then unmasks an alternative binding site, where IP6 interaction promotes the assembly of the mature capsid lattice. These studies identify IP6 as a naturally occurring small molecule that promotes both assembly and maturation of HIV-1.[4]


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  2. ^ Shen X, Xiao H, Ranallo R, Wu WH, Wu C (January 2003). "Modulation of ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling complexes by inositol polyphosphates". Science. 299 (5603): 112–114. doi:10.1126/science.1078068. PMID 12434013. S2CID 8381889.
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  4. ^ Dick RA, Zadrozny KK, Xu C, Schur FK, Lyddon TD, Ricana CL, et al. (August 2018). "Inositol phosphates are assembly co-factors for HIV-1". Nature. 560 (7719): 509–512. Bibcode:2018Natur.560..509D. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0396-4. PMC 6242333. PMID 30069050.

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