Two recently identified calcium transporters in lactation and during mammary epithelial cell apoptosis. (2010–2013)
The transport of calcium into milk is a key event in human health. In addition to its importance in neonatal nutrition, the way breast cells regulate calcium also has implications in breast cancer, as well as the modification of proteins important in immunity, and the activity of biopharmaceuticals. This grant will determine how two specific calcium transporters regulate calcium levels in the breast and their respective roles in cellular processes important in normal function and in disease.