Is the intrasomal phase of fast axonal transport driven by oscillations of intracellular calcium?

Neurochem Res. 1994 Nov;19(11):1431-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00972472.


An hypothesis is presented suggesting that the delivery of vesicle-packaged protein from the neuronal soma to the axonal transport system is physiologically coupled to spontaneous fluctuations of intracellular calcium (Cai). Evidence is reviewed that oscillations of Cai, commonly detected as agonist- or voltage-triggered waves and spikes propagating through the cytosol, also occur as spontaneous events. Endogenously-generated oscillations are examined since intrasomal transport persists in the absence of extracellular signals or nerve impulse activity. Vesicle budding from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) may be a key step at which anterograde transport is regulated by events related to the release and reuptake of ER stores of Ca2+.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axonal Transport*
  • Axons / physiology
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Cytosol / metabolism
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / physiology
  • Homeostasis
  • Kinetics
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Oscillometry
  • Spinal Cord / physiology
  • Time Factors


  • Calcium