Journal article

Insights into Zn2 homeostasis in neurons from experimental and modeling studies

Robert A Colvin, Ashley I Bush, Irene Volitakis, Charles P Fontaine, Dustin Thomas, Kazuya Kikuchi, William R Holmes

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-CELL PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2008

Abstract

To understand the mechanisms of neuronal Zn2+ homeostasis better, experimental data obtained from cultured cortical neurons were used to inform a series of increasingly complex computational models. Total metals (inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry), resting metallothionein, (65)Zn2+ uptake and release, and intracellular free Zn2+ levels using ZnAF-2F were determined before and after neurons were exposed to increased Zn2+, either with or without the addition of a Zn2+ ionophore (pyrithione) or metal chelators [EDTA, clioquinol (CQ), and N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine]. Three models were tested for the ability to match intracellular free Zn2+ transients and total ..

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