Elisa Bovo

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In the heart, coupling between excitation of the surface membrane and activation of contractile apparatus is mediated by Ca released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Several components of Ca machinery are perfectly arranged within the SR network and the T-tubular system to generate a regular Ca cycling and thereby rhythmic beating activity of the(More)
The zebrafish serves as a promising transgenic animal model that can be used to study cardiac Ca2+ regulation. However, mechanisms of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ handling in the zebrafish heart have not been systematically explored. We found that in zebrafish ventricular myocytes, the action potential-induced Ca2+ transient is mainly (80 %) mediated by(More)
Single ryanodine receptor (RyR) Ca(2+) flux amplitude (i(Ca-RyR)) decreases as intra-sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) levels fall during a cardiac Ca(2+) spark. Since i(Ca-RyR) drives the inter-RyR Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release (CICR) that underlies the spark, decreasing i(Ca-RyR) may contribute to spark termination because RyRs that spontaneously close(More)
It is well known that skeletal muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) contains a Ca 2+-calmodulin (CaM) dependent protein kinase (CaMKII) system. In the last twenty years, much experimental work has clarified the biochemical-functional properties of this kinase system. SR-bound CaMKII is formed by the holoenzyme and by anchoring proteins, called αKAP. The(More)
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