Stimulation-evoked increases in cytosolic [Ca2+] in mouse motor nerve terminals are limited by mitochondrial uptake and are temperature-dependent

G. David, E. F. Barrett

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Increases in cytosolic [Ca2+] evoked by trait of action potentials (20-100 Hz) were recorded from mouse and lizard motor nerve terminals filled with a low-affinity fluorescent indicator, Oregon Green BAPTA 5N. In mouse terminals at near-physiological temperatures (30-38°C), trains of action potentials at 25-100 Hz elicited increases in cytosolic [Ca2+] that stabilized at plateau levels that increased with stimulation frequency. Depolarization of mitochondria with carbonylcyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) or antimycin A1 caused cytosolic [Ca2+] to rise to much higher levels during stimulation. Thus, mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake contributes importantly to limiting the rise of cytosolic [Ca2+] during repetitive stimulation. In mouse terminals, the stimulation-induced increase in cytosolic [Ca2+] was highly temperature-dependent over the range 18-38°C, with greater increases at lower temperatures. At the lower temperatures, application of CCCP continued to depolarize mitochondria but produced a much smaller increase in the cytosolic [Ca2+] transient evoked by repetitive stimulation. This result suggests that the larger amplitude of the stimulation-induced cytosolic [Ca2+] transient at lower temperatures was attributable in part to reduced mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake. In contrast, the stimulation-induced increases in cytosolic [Ca2+] measured in lizard motor terminals showed little or no temperature-dependence over the range 18-33°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7290-7296
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2000


  • Calcium indicator dyes
  • Calcium sequestration
  • Lizard
  • Mitochondria
  • Motor nerve terminal
  • Neuromuscular junction
  • Presynaptic terminal
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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