A high-performance-liquid-chromatography (h.p.l.c.) separation was developed, which resolves isomers of inositol monophosphate (IP), inositol bisphosphate (IP2), and inositol trisphosphate (IP3) in a single run. In GH3 cells labelled with [3H]inositol, treated with Li+ and thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), radiolabelled components identified as inositol 1-phosphate (I1P), inositol 2-phosphate (I2P), inositol 4-phosphate (I4P), inositol 1,4-bisphosphate [I(1,4)P2], inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate [I(1,3,4)P3] and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate [I(1,4,5)P3] are present, as are multiple unidentified IP2 peaks. After TRH stimulation, both I1P and I4P increase, the increase in I4P preceding that of I1P; I(1,4)P2 and an unknown IP2 increase; and both I(1,3,4)P3 and I(1,4,5)P3 increase, the increase in I(1,4,5)P3 being rapid and transient, whereas the increase in I(1,3,4)P3 is slower and more sustained. The most rapidly appearing inositol phosphates produced after TRH stimulation are I(1,4)P2 and I(1,4,5)P3.
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