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The effective calcium/calmodulin concentration determines the sensitivity of CaMKII to the frequency of calcium oscillations

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Number of pages5
Volume7223 LNCS
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-28792-3
StatePublished - 2012


Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is involved in the induction of many forms of synaptic plasticity in the brain. Experimental and computational studies have shown that CaMKII is sensitive to the frequency of oscillatory Ca signals. Here we demonstrate that in a simple, commonly used kinetic model of CaMKII phosphorylation, the overall phosphorylation rate under sustained application of Ca ∈- ∈CaM pulses ultimately depends on the average ('effective') concentration of Ca ∈-∈CaM in the system, rather than on the pulse frequency itself. As a corollary, equal phosphorylation levels are achieved in response to pulsed and constant applications of equal effective concentrations of Ca ∈-∈CaM.

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