Stevan Rakovic

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Na+-Ca2+ exchange (NCX) current has been suggested to play a role in cardiac pacemaking, particularly in association with Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) that occurs just before the action potential upstroke. The present experiments explore in more detail the contribution of NCX to pacemaking. Na+-Ca2+ exchange current was inhibited by(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) has been shown to act as a potent cytosolic mediator in a variety of tissues, regulating the release of Ca2+ from intracellular stores by a mechanism that involves ryanodine receptors. There is controversy over the effects of cADPR in cardiac muscle, although one possibility is that endogenous cADPR increases the Ca2+(More)
The actions of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR), a regulator of Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release (CICR), were investigated on Ca2+ release and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ loading in cardiac myocytes at physiological temperature. In guinea-pig ventricular cells, cADPR, applied via patch pipette or from photorelease of its caged derivative, increased contraction(More)
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