Slow oscillations of cytosolic calcium ion concentration – – typically originate from release by intracellular stores, but in some cell types can be triggered and sustained by Ca2+ influx as well. In this study we simultaneously monitored changes in and in the electrical activity of the cell membrane by combining indo-1 and patch-clamp measurements in single rat chromaffin cells. By this approach we observed a novel type of spontaneous oscillations, much faster than those previously described in these cells. These oscillations are triggered and sustained by complex electrical activity (slow action potentials and spike bursts), require Ca2+ influx and do not involve release from intracellular stores. The possible physiological implications of this new pathway of intracellular signalling are discussed.

A novel pattern of fast calcium oscillations points to calcium and electrical activity cross-talk in rat chromaffin cells

2005

Abstract

Slow oscillations of cytosolic calcium ion concentration – – typically originate from release by intracellular stores, but in some cell types can be triggered and sustained by Ca2+ influx as well. In this study we simultaneously monitored changes in and in the electrical activity of the cell membrane by combining indo-1 and patch-clamp measurements in single rat chromaffin cells. By this approach we observed a novel type of spontaneous oscillations, much faster than those previously described in these cells. These oscillations are triggered and sustained by complex electrical activity (slow action potentials and spike bursts), require Ca2+ influx and do not involve release from intracellular stores. The possible physiological implications of this new pathway of intracellular signalling are discussed.
Calcium oscillations; ionic channels; action-potential clamp; indo-1 microspectrofluorometry; electrophysiology
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