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In many biological systems, cells display spontaneous calcium oscillations (CaOs) and repetitive action-potential firing. These phenomena have been described separately by models for intracellular inositol trisphosphate (IP3)-mediated CaOs and for plasma membrane excitability. In this study, we present an integrated model that combines an excitable membrane(More)
Many cells reveal oscillatory behavior. Some cells reveal action-potential firing resulting from Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) type dynamics of ion channels in the cell membrane. Another type of oscillation relates to periodic inositol triphospate (IP3)-mediated calcium transients in the cytosol. In this study we present a bifurcation analysis of a cell with an(More)
We have investigated synchronization and propagation of calcium oscillations, mediated by gap junctional excitation transmission. For that purpose we used an experimentally based model of normal rat kidney (NRK) cells, electrically coupled in a one-dimensional configuration (linear strand). Fibroblasts such as NRK cells can form an excitable syncytium and(More)
Normal rat kidney (NRK) fibroblasts have electrophysiological properties and intracellular calcium dynamics that are dependent upon their growth stage. In the present study we show that this differential behavior coincides with a differential calcium entry that can be either capacitative or non-capacitative. Confluent cells made quiescent by serum(More)
Cultures of normal rat kidney (NRK) fibroblasts may display spontaneous calcium action potentials which propagate throughout the cellular monolayer. Pacemaking activity of NRK cells was studied by patch clamp electrophysiology and vital calcium imaging, using a new experimental approach in which a ring was placed on the monolayer in order to physically(More)
Oscillatory activity of cells has been the topic of many studies. Oscillatory activity can be due to action potential firing corresponding to the well-known Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) type dynamics of ion-channels in the cell membrane or due to IP3-mediated calcium oscillations in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) causing periodic oscillations of calcium transients(More)
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