Ca2+ oscillations in melanotropes of Xenopus laevis: their generation, propagation, and function.

@article{Jenks2003Ca2OI,
  title={Ca2+ oscillations in melanotropes of Xenopus laevis: their generation, propagation, and function.},
  author={Bruce G. Jenks and Eric W. Roubos and Wim J. J. M. Scheenen},
  journal={General and comparative endocrinology},
  year={2003},
  volume={131 3},
  pages={209-19}
}
The melanotrope cell of the amphibian Xenopus laevis is a neuroendocrine transducer that converts neuronal input concerning the color of background into an endocrine output, the release of alpha-melanophore-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH). The cell displays intracellular Ca(2+) oscillations that are thought to be the driving force for secretion as well as for the expression of genes important to the process of background adaptation. Here we review the functioning of the Xenopus melanotrope cell… CONTINUE READING

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