Laurence Palk

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We construct a mathematical model of the parotid acinar cell with the aim of investigating how the distribution of K(+) and Cl(-) channels affects saliva production. Secretion of fluid is initiated by Ca(2+) signals acting on Ca(2+) dependent K(+) and Cl(-) channels. The opening of these channels facilitates the movement of Cl(-) ions into the lumen which(More)
An understanding of Ca(2+) signalling in saliva-secreting acinar cells is important, as Ca(2+) is the second messenger linking stimulation of cells to production of saliva. Ca(2+) signals affect secretion via the ion channels located both apically and basolaterally in the cell. By approximating Ca(2+) waves with periodic functions on the apical and(More)
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