Module 10: Figure FS Ca2+ wave
Folliculostellate (FS) intercellular Ca2+ wave.
The top two panels show the location of the FS cells. The coloured outlines (b) indicate the FS cells (shown in panel a) that have been labelled with a fluorescent Ca2+ indicator used to measure changes in intracellular Ca2+. The bottom panel (c) illustrates how a depolarizing pulse (ΔV) deliverd to the green cell initiates an immediate increase in the level of Ca2+ that then spread progressively as a wave to the other cells. Reproduced from Fauquier, T., Guérineau, N.C., McKinney, R.A., Bauer, K. and Mollard, P. (2001) Folliculostellate cell network: a route for long distance communication in the anterior pituitary. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 98:8891–8896. Copyright (2001), with permission from the National Academy of Sciences; Fauquier et al. (2001).