Previously we demonstrated the presence of InsP3R-I, -II and -III subtypes in the zona glomerulosa. Now we have examined the expression of different subtypes of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP3R) in the inner zones of rat adrenal cortex. RNA extracted from decapsulated adrenal tissue (zonae fasciculata-reticularis and the medulla) or from fasciculata-reticularis cells was reverse transcribed. Subsequent polymerase chain reaction revealed the presence of InsP3R-I, -II and -III subtypes in decapsulated tissue but failed to demonstrate the expression of any known subtypes of InsP3R in fasciculata-reticularis cells. Accordingly, InsP3 receptors expressed in the decapsulated tissue are of medullary origin.