Ca2+ movements in smooth muscle.


We describe the Ca2+ movements in smooth muscle cells at rest and during activation and relaxation as deduced from transplasmalemmal Ca2+ fluxes and contractile respnses. The general picture which emerges is: the resting cell has a [Ca2+]cyt below 10(-7) M and large gradients are poised across both the cell membrane and intracellular membranes. Excitation… (More)


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