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Title: Electron and ion microprobe analysis of calcium distribution and transport in coral tissues.
Authors: Marshall, AT
Clode, PL
Russell, RA
Prince, KE
Stern, R
Keywords: Calcium
Ion Microprobe Analysis
Mass Spectroscopy
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2007
Publisher: Company of Biologists
Citation: Marshall, A. T., Clode, P. L., Russell, R., Prince, K., & Stern, R. (2007). Electron and ion microprobe analysis of calcium distribution and transport in coral tissues. Journal of Experimental Biology, 210(14), 2453-2463.
Abstract: It is shown by x-ray microanalysis that a gradient of total intracellular Ca concentration exists from the outer oral ectoderm to the inner skeletogenic calicoblastic ectoderm in the coral Galaxea fascicularis. This suggests an increase in intracellular Ca stores in relation to calcification. Furthermore, Ca concentration in the fluid-filled space of the extrathecal coelenteron is approximately twice as high as in the surrounding seawater and higher than in the mucus-containing seawater layer on the exterior of the oral ectoderm. This is indicative of active Ca2+ transport across the oral epithelium. Polyps were incubated in artificial seawater in which all 40Ca was replaced by 44Ca. Imaging Ca2+ transport across the epithelia by secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) using 44Ca as a tracer showed that Ca2+ rapidly entered the cells of the oral epithelium and that 44Ca reached higher concentrations in the mesogloea and extrathecal coelenteron than in the external seawater layer. Very little Ca2+ was exchanged in the mucocytes, cnidocytes or zooxanthellae. These observations again suggest that Ca2+ transport is active and transcellular and also indicate a hitherto unsuspected role in Ca2+ transport for the mesogloea. © 2007, Company of Biologists
ISSN: 0022-0949
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