Ground-breaking knowledge about calcium pumps in cells published in Nature

When animals and plants are exposed to influences such as bacterial attack, odour and cold, calcium ions flow into the cells. The calcium provides the cells with a signal about what is going on outside, but as high concentrations of calcium are toxic to the cells, it must be quickly pumped out again.

Researchers from the Danish National Research Foundation’s PUMPkin Centre at both the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have now shown that calcium pumps in the cell’s outer membrane adjust the pump speed very accurately to the calcium concentration. These findings have just been published in the prestigious journal Nature by researchers from Centre for Membrane Pumps in Cells and Disease – PUMPKIN.

Read the press release at Aarhus University’s website



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