Spontaneous Ca2+ waves were visualized in quiescent cardiomyocytes loaded with the Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent probe, Fluo-3, and imaged by laser confocal microscopy. No sarcomere shortening was detected during wave propagation. This type of Ca2+ waves began at the periphery or in a central region of a myocyte and propagated the length of the cell in one or two directions. The average velocity of wave propagation was 32 μm/sec and the estimated concentration of Ca2+ oscillated from 124, at the bottom, to 311 nM, at the pick of the wave. Ca2+ waves were not confined to a single cell but could spread from cell to cell. These results describe a type of spontaneous Ca2+ waves which does not induce a contractile response in cardiomyocytes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Sep 25 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology