ATP causes glomus cell [Ca2+]c increase without corresponding increases in CSN activity.


The hypothesis that an increase in intracellular calcium [Ca(2+)](c) in carotid body (CB) glomus cells will cause enhanced afferent carotid sinus nerve (CSN) activities was tested in the rat CB in-vitro with the use of extracellular ATP. ATP caused a dose dependent [Ca(2+)](c) increase in identified glomus cells. A major part of total [Ca(2+)](c) increase… (More)