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J Neurosci Res. 1992 Sep;33(1):30-6.

Intracellular calcium levels regulate the actions of nerve growth factor on calcium uptake in PC12 cells.

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Section on Growth Factors, NICHD, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Abstract

The uptake of divalent cations and the intracellular concentration of calcium in PC12 cells were studied by flow cytometric analysis using the calcium-sensitive dye, Fluo-3, under a variety of conditions. In particular the actions of nerve growth factor were analyzed. The data show that nerve growth factor stimulates the uptake of divalent cations and increases the intracellular calcium levels of cells attached to collagen-coated plates. The data further indicate that nerve growth factor-dependent increases in the uptake of divalent cations become less pronounced as the intracellular concentration of calcium increases. Intracellular calcium levels increase upon detachment of the cells from the plates and also with increasing cell density. Studies on the uptake of 45calcium confirmed the influence of intracellular calcium levels on nerve growth factor-stimulated calcium uptake. Thus, the effect of nerve growth factor on the uptake of divalent cations is dependent on the calcium levels in the cells, perhaps explaining why previous studies in this field have provided inconsistent results.

PMID:
1453483
DOI:
10.1002/jnr.490330105
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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