Mechanisms of calcium handling and their role in controlling smooth muscle function: evidence from transgenic mice.

  • Wendt, Igor, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Lang, Richard (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Parkington, Helena (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Paul, Richard (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Calcium movements into and out of the cytoplasm of smooth muscle cells are regulated primarily by a variety of proteins located in the plasma membrane and in the sarcoplasmic reticulum and play a central role in controlling the contractile state of smooth muscle. Understanding the mechanisms that control intracellular calcium levels is fundamental to understanding smooth muscle function. This project will employ a unique approach, involving the use of mice with targeted disruptions to genes encoding key calcium transport proteins, to gain new knowledge on the contribution of various calcium handling pathways to overall control of smooth muscle function.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/05

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD255,000.00
  • Monash University