Timing in Cellular Ca2+ Signaling

Michael J. Boulware, Jonathan S. Marchant

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Calcium (Ca2+) signals are generated across a broad time range. Kinetic considerations impact how information is processed to encode and decode Ca2+ signals, the choreography of responses that ensure specific and efficient signaling and the overall temporal amplification such that ephemeral Ca2+ signals have lasting physiological value. The reciprocal importance of timing for Ca2+ signaling, and Ca2+ signaling for timing is exemplified by the altered kinetic profiles of Ca2+ signals in certain diseases and the likely role of basal Ca2+ fluctuations in the perception of time itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R769-R776
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 9 2008

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Funding Information:
Work supported by NIH (NS046783) and a NSF CAREER Fellowship (J.S.M., 0237946). Space considerations restricted discussion of many examples and we apologize for the omission of pertinent work.


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