Author(s): Sanders KM
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Abstract The concentration of cytoplasmic Ca(2+) regulates the contractile state of smooth muscle cells and tissues. Elevations in global cytoplasmic Ca(2+) resulting in contraction are accomplished by Ca(2+) entry and release from intracellular stores. Pathways for Ca(2+) entry include dihydropyridine-sensitive and -insensitive Ca(2+) channels and receptor and store-operated nonselective channels permeable to Ca(2+). Intracellular release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) is accomplished by ryanodine and inositol trisphosphate receptors. The impact of Ca(2+) entry and release on cytoplasmic concentration is modulated by Ca(2+) reuptake into the SR, uptake into mitochondria, and extrusion into the extracellular solution. Highly localized Ca(2+) transients (i.e., sparks and puffs) regulate ionic conductances in the plasma membrane, which can provide feedback to cell excitability and affect Ca(2+) entry. This short review describes the major transport mechanisms and compartments that are utilized for Ca(2+) handling in smooth muscles.
This article was published in J Appl Physiol (1985)
and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology