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Research into the biological role of the Ca(2+)-releasing second messenger NAADP (nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate) has been hampered by a lack of chemical probes. To find new chemical probes for exploring NAADP signaling, we turned to virtual screening, which can evaluate millions of molecules rapidly and inexpensively. We used NAADP as the(More)
Pancreatic β cells are electrically excitable and respond to elevated glucose concentrations with bursts of Ca(2+) action potentials due to the activation of voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCs), which leads to the exocytosis of insulin granules. We have examined the possible role of nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP)-mediated Ca(2+)(More)
NAADP (nicotinic acid-adenine dinucleotide phosphate) is a potent Ca(2+)-mobilizing messenger that stimulates Ca(2+) release in a variety of cells. NAADP-sensitive Ca(2+) channels are thought to reside on acidic Ca(2+) stores and to be functionally coupled to IP(3) (inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate) and/or ryanodine receptors located on the endoplasmic(More)
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