Ca2+ signalling pathways activated by acetylcholine in mouse C2C12 myotubes

Francesca Grassi, Sergio Fucile, Fabrizio Eusebi

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In mouse C2C12 myotubes acetylcholine (ACh) elevates the concentration of myoplasmic Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) by inducing Ca2+ influx through transmittergated and voltage-gated channels, and by mobilizing Ca2+ from internal stores. The relative contribution of each of these ACh-activated sources to the global [Ca2+]i elevation was estimated. We found that Ca2+ entry through voltage- and ACh-gated channels accounts for roughly 80% of the total [Ca2+]i increment, while mobilization from internal caffeine-sensitive and inositol-trisphosphate (Ins P3-) sensitive stores contributes the remaining 20% to the maximal [Ca2+]i increment. Furthermore, we found that ACh-induced mobilization from Ins P3-sensitive stores also develops in embryonic chick myotubes. The differential importance of the Ca2+ signalling pathways activated by ACh during myogenesis is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-345
Number of pages6
JournalPflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1994


  • Acetylcholine
  • Acetylcholine nicotinic receptor
  • C2C12 myotube
  • Calcium
  • Metabotropic function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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