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T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and coreceptor ligation is thought to initiate signal transduction by inducing activation of the kinase Lck. Here we showed that catalytically active Lck was present in unstimulated naive T cells and thymocytes and was readily detectable in these cells in lymphoid organs. In naive T cells up to approximately 40% of total Lck(More)
Hepatocytes respond with repetitive cytosolic calcium spikes to stimulation by vasopressin and noradrenalin. In the intact liver, calcium oscillations occur in a synchronized fashion as periodic waves across whole liver lobules, but the mechanism of intercellular coupling remains unclear. Recently, it has been shown that individual hepatocytes can have very(More)
Intercellular regenerative calcium waves in systems such as the liver and the blowfly salivary gland have been hypothesized to spread through calcium-induced calcium release (CICR) and gap-junctional calcium diffusion. A simple mathematical model of this mechanism is developed. It includes CICR and calcium removal from the cytoplasm, cytoplasmic and(More)
This review provides a comparative overview of recent developments in the modelling of cellular calcium oscillations. A large variety of mathematical models have been developed for this wide-spread phenomenon in intra- and intercellular signalling. From these, a general model is extracted that involves six types of concentration variables: inositol(More)
Hormones that act through the calcium-releasing messenger, inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3), cause intracellular calcium oscillations, which have been ascribed to calcium feedbacks on the IP3 receptor. Recent studies have shown that IP3 levels oscillate together with the cytoplasmic calcium concentration. To investigate the functional significance of this(More)
The expression of interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a key event in T helper (Th) lymphocyte activation, controlling both, the expansion and differentiation of effector Th cells as well as the activation of regulatory T cells. We demonstrate that the strength of TCR stimulation is translated into the frequency of memory Th cells expressing IL-2 but not into the amount(More)
Coordinated programs of gene expression during cell differentiation can be controlled by master transcription factors. The differentiation of helper T (Th) lymphocytes during the immune response has been shown to occur along alternative pathways designated as Th1 and Th2. Induction of the Th1 and Th2 pathways is associated with the conversely regulated(More)
Experimental studies have demonstrated that Ca(2+)-regulated proteins are sensitive to the frequency of Ca(2+) oscillations, and several mathematical models for specific proteins have provided insight into the mechanisms involved. Because of the large number of Ca(2+)-regulated proteins in signal transduction, metabolism and gene expression, it is desirable(More)
DNA repair and other chromatin-associated processes are carried out by enzymatic macromolecular complexes that assemble at specific sites on the chromatin fiber. How the rate of these molecular machineries is regulated by their constituent parts is poorly understood. Here we quantify nucleotide-excision DNA repair in mammalian cells and find that, despite(More)
Live-cell imaging studies aided by mathematical modeling have provided unprecedented insight into assembly mechanisms of multiprotein complexes that control genome function. Such studies have unveiled emerging properties of chromatin-associated systems involved in DNA repair and transcription.