Mathematical modelling of GPCR-mediated calcium signalling
Majin, Wodu (2012) Mathematical modelling of GPCR-mediated calcium signalling. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Ca2+ is an important messenger which mediates several physiological functions, including muscle contraction, fertilisation, heart regulation and gene transcription. One major way its cytosolic level is raised is via a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)- mediated release from intracellular stores. GPCR’s are the target of approximately 50% of all drugs in clinical use. Hence, understanding the underlying mechanisms of signalling in this pathway could lead to improved therapy in disease conditions associated with abnornmal Ca2+ signalling, and to the identification of new drug targets. To gain such insight, this thesis builds and analyses a detailed mathematical model of key processes leading to Ca2+ mobilisation.
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