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Laser photolysis of caged calcium: Rates of calcium release by nitrophenyl-EGTA and DM-nitrophen
Biophysical journal
  • G. C. R. Ellis-Davies
  • J. H. Kaplan
  • Robert J. Barsotti, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-1996
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Abstract
Nitrophenyl-EGTA and DM-nitrophen are Ca2+ cages that release Ca2+ when cleaved upon illumination with near-ultraviolet light. Laser photolysis of nitrophenyl-EGTA produced transient intermediates that decayed biexponentially with rates of 500,000 s-1 and 100,000 s-1 in the presence of saturating Ca2+ and 290,000 s-1 and 68,000 s-1 in the absence of Ca2+ at pH 7.2 and 25°C. Laser photolysis of nitrophenyl-EGTA in the presence of Ca2+ and the Ca2+ indicator Ca-orange-5N produced a monotonic increase in the indicator fluorescence, which had a rate of 68,000 s-1 at pH 7.2 and 25°C. Irradiation of DM-nitrophen produced similar results with somewhat slower kinetics. The transient intermediates decayed with rates of 80,000 s-1 and 11,000 s-1 in the presence of Ca2+ and 59,000 s-1 and 3,600 s-1 in the absence of Ca2+ at pH 7.2 and 25°C. The rate of increase in Ca2+ -indicator fluorescence produced upon photolysis of the DM-nitrophen: Ca2+ complex was 38,000 s-1 at pH 7.2 and 25°C. In contrast, pulses in Ca2+ concentration were generated when the chelator concentrations were more than the total Ca2+ concentration. Photoreleased Ca2+ concentration stabilized under these circumstances to a steady state within 1-2 ms.
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This article was published in Biophysical journal, Volume 70, Issue 2 I, Pages 1006-1016.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3495(96)79644-3 .

Copyright © 1996 Elsevier.

Citation Information
G. C. R. Ellis-Davies, J. H. Kaplan and Robert J. Barsotti. "Laser photolysis of caged calcium: Rates of calcium release by nitrophenyl-EGTA and DM-nitrophen" Biophysical journal Vol. 70 Iss. 2 I (1996) p. 1006 - 1016
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