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In neurons calcium plays a dual role as a charge carrier and as an intracellular messenger, involved in neuronal migration, growth-cone dynamics, dendrite development, and synaptogenesis. Read on to find out how calcium regulates so many different vital processes independently and in parallel.
Calcium serves as the link between electrical signals that pervade the heart and contraction of the myocytes to propel blood. In addition, calcium controls numerous other myocyte activities, including gene transcription. Read on to explore why calcium is a critical regulator of cardiac myocyte function.
Apoptosis is a highly regulated mechanism of cell death, essential in development and tissue homeostasis. It is clear that subtle changes in calcium concentration can regulate and trigger apoptosis. Read on to find out what has been established about the role of calcium in apoptosis so far.
Deregulation of the calcium signal is often deleterious and has been linked to each of the 'cancer hallmarks'. Read our articles and learn about the role calcium plays in cancer metastasis.