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Title: Ca²+ signaling during embryonic cytokinesis in animal systems
Authors: Webb, Sarah E.
Miller, Andrew L.
Keywords: Ca²+
Cleavage furrow
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: New Comprehensive Biochemistry, v. 41, ch. 17, p. 445-470.
Abstract: In this Chapter, we provide a review of the literature that describes the role of Ca²+ signaling during embryonic cytokinesis in animal systems. We begin with a historic overview (starting with the earliest reports published in the latter part of the 19th Century) that gives some of the first descriptions linking Ca²+ with cell division in embryos. This introductory overview also outlines the different techniques that were used and developed over time, from the pre-Ca²+ imaging days through to the sophisticated approaches that are available today for directly visualizing Ca²+ signals in living cells. In the remainder of the Chapter, we describe the more recent advances in cytokinetic Ca²+ signaling research, starting where the introduction finished, in the 1990’s. Reports of the various Ca²+ signals visualized during cytokinesis in fish, amphibian, echinoderm and insect embryos using both fluorescent and luminescent Ca²+ probes are described, as well the investigations carried out to determine both the requirement of elevated Ca²+ during cytokinesis and the source of the Ca²+ involved in this process. The current hypotheses regarding the possible roles and targets of the different cytokinetic Ca²+ signals observed are also briefly discussed.
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