Domain III regulates N-type (Ca(V)2.2) calcium channel closing kinetics
ABSTRACT Ca(V)2.2 (N-type) and Ca(V)1.2 (L-type) calcium channels gate differently in response to membrane depolarization, which is critical to the unique physiological functions mediated by these channels. We wondered if the source for these differences could be identified. As a first step, we examined the effect of domain exchange between N-type and L-type channels on activation-deactivation kinetics, which were significantly different between these channels. Kinetic analysis of chimeric channels revealed N-channel-like deactivation for all chimeric channels containing N-channel domain III, while activation appeared to be a more distributed function across domains. This led us to hypothesize that domain III was an important regulator of N-channel closing. This idea was further examined with R-roscovitine, which is a trisubstituted purine that slows N-channel deactivation by exclusively binding to activated N-channels. L-channels lack this response to roscovitine, which allowed us to use N-L chimeras to test the role of domain III in roscovitine modulation of N-channel deactivation. In support of our hypothesis, all chimeric channels containing the N-channel domain III responded to roscovitine with slowed deactivation, while those chimeric channels with L-channel domain III did not. Thus a combination of kinetic and pharmacological evidence supports the hypothesis that domain III is an important regulator of N-channel closing. Our results support specialization of gating functions among calcium channel domains.
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ABSTRACT: The voltage dependent N-type Ca2+ channel (NCC) receptor was identified to have therapeutic potential for the treatment of neuropathic pain and stroke disease. The Ca2+ ion transport through the transmembrane influx is mainly dependent on the closing, opening, or intermediate state gating mechanism of NCC. Harnessing this dynamic gating mechanism at the structural level is an important and challenging physiological phenomenon. The three dimensional (3D) structure of this membrane receptor is not yet experimentally determined to understand its mechanism of action. Based on these observations, we have developed for the first time the structure of the closed state of the NCC receptor at the pore forming domains which mainly involve three transmembrane helices (TMhs) S5, P and S6. Hot-spot binding site residues of this receptor model were identified by molecular docking technique using amlodipine, cilnidipine and nifedipine compounds known to be potent Ca2+ channel antagonists. Further, the Ca2+ ion permeability and the hydrophobic gating mechanism provided better structural and functional insights on the NCC receptor. These results are in consonance with other Ca2+ channel receptors and would provide guidance for further biochemical investigations.09/2012; 31(9). DOI:10.1002/minf.201200025
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ABSTRACT: Low voltage-activated (LVA) T-type Ca2+ channels activate in response to subthreshold membrane depolarizations and therefore represent an important source of Ca2+ influx near the resting membrane potential. In neurons, these proteins significantly contribute to control relevant physiological processes including neuronal excitability, pacemaking and post-inhibitory rebound burst firing. Three subtypes of T-type channels (Cav3.1 to Cav3.3) have been identified, and using functional expression of recombinant channels diverse studies have validated the notion that T-type Ca2+ channels can be modulated by various endogenous ligands as well as by second messenger pathways. In this context, the present study reveals a previously unrecognized role for cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) in the regulation of native T-type channels in N1E-115 neuroblastoma cells, as well as recombinant Cav3.1channels heterologously expressed in HEK-293 cells. Cdk5 and its co-activators play critical roles in the regulation of neuronal differentiation, cortical lamination, neuronal cell migration and axon outgrowth. Our results show that overexpression of Cdk5 causes a significant increase in whole cell patch clamp currents through T-type channels in N1E-115 cells, while siRNA knockdown of Cdk5 greatly reduced these currents. Consistent with this, overexpression of Cdk5 in HEK-293 cells stably expressing Cav3.1channels upregulates macroscopic currents. Furthermore, using site-directed mutagenesis we identified a major phosphorylation site at serine 2234 within the C-terminal region of the Cav3.1subunit. These results highlight a novel role for Cdk5 in the regulation of T-type Ca2+ channels.PLoS ONE 03/2015; 10(3):e0119134. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0119134 · 3.53 Impact Factor