Prof Sandip Patel
Professor of Cell Signalling
Intracellular Calcium Mobilising
Increases in cytosolic calcium levels are pivotal for the regulation of a wide range of cellular processes. Paradoxically, calcium can activate opposing cellular fates and understanding how calcium exerts such exquisite specificity is a subject of intense study. Different extracellular stimuli may utilise distinct combinations of intracellular calcium mobilising messengers to generate specific calcium “signatures”. These temporally and spatially complex calcium signals can then be decoded by the cell to achieve a given cellular response.
Areas of interest
Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP) - A Novel Intracellular Calcium Mobilising Messenger
We are investigating the role of the newly described calcium mobilising agent, nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP), in the control of calcium dynamics in several systems including sea urchin eggs, pancreatic acinar cells and neurons. Projects are aimed at characterising the spatial aspects of NAADP-induced calcium increases using digital imaging techniques, measuring cellular NAADP levels in response to physiological stimulation, defining the enzymatic route for NAADP synthesis and metabolism and identifying the putative NAADP receptor and enzymatic machinery at the molecular level.
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