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Calcium Dependence of Large Dense-Cored Vesicle Exocytosis Evoked by Calcium Influx in Bovine Adrenal Chromaffin Cells
The Journal of Neuroscience
  • Kathrin L. Engisch, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Martha C. Nowycky
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2-15-1996
Abstract
We used the perforated-patch technique to examine the relationship between Ca2+ entry and exocytosis of large dense-cored vesicles in bovine adrenal chromaffin cells. Exocytosis evoked by single-step depolarizations was monitored by capacitance detection. Ca2+ entry was varied by changing external calcium concentration, stepping to different test potentials, depolarizing for different durations, or applying blockers of specific calcium channel subtypes. Regardless of protocol, the amount of exocytosis was strictly related to the integral of the voltage-clamped calcium current, raised to a power of approximately 1.5. Thus, despite the complexities of transient and nonuniform changes in submembrane calcium concentration produced by voltage-gated calcium entry, the calcium dependence of large dense-cored vesicle fusion under conditions of minimal stimulation is well approximated by a simple transfer function of summed calcium entry.
Citation Information
Kathrin L. Engisch and Martha C. Nowycky. "Calcium Dependence of Large Dense-Cored Vesicle Exocytosis Evoked by Calcium Influx in Bovine Adrenal Chromaffin Cells" The Journal of Neuroscience Vol. 16 Iss. 4 (1996) p. 1359 - 1369 ISSN: 1529-2401
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kathrin_engisch/24/