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Stimulation by DIF causes an increase of intracellular Ca2+ in Dictyostelium discoideum

Azhar, M and Kennady, PK and Pande, G and Nanjundiah, Vidyanand (1997) Stimulation by DIF causes an increase of intracellular Ca2+ in Dictyostelium discoideum. In: Experimental Cell Research, 230 (2). pp. 403-406.

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Using fluorescence- activated cell sorting (FAGS), we have studied the effect of the differentiation-inducing factor (DIF) on cellular Ca2+ in Dictyostelium discoideum. We have shown previously that freshly starved or postaggregation amoebae are heterogenous with respect to the amounts of cellular Ca2+ that they contain; the L or ''low Ca2+'' class exhibits a prespore tendency and the H or ''high Ca2+'' class exhibits a prestalk tendency. Upon adding DIF, within 2 min there is an approximately twofold increase in the relative fraction of amoebae falling in the H class. A major part of the increase is caused by Ca2+ influx from the extracellular medium. Therefore a rise in the level of cellular Ca2+ is an early step in the signal transduction pathway following stimulation by DIF. Also, in parallel with the cellular heterogeneity in respect of Ca2+ content, there is a heterogeneity in the response to DIF, which appears to be restricted to L cells. (C) 1997 Academic Press.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Experimental Cell Research
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 06:56
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2018 14:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38484

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