Characterization of intracellular calcium oscillations induced by extracellular nucleotides in HEp-2 cells.


The effect of extracellular nucleotides on the cytosolic calcium concentration of fluo-3-loaded HEp-2 cells was examined using confocal microscopy. Extracellular ATP and UTP at micromolar concentration induced cytosolic calcium oscillations in 42-66% of the cells. Oscillations were usually sinusoid and their frequency depended only slightly on agonist… (More)