Control of CaV2 calcium channels and neurosecretion by heterotrimeric G protein coupled receptors

Mark L. Jewell, Kevin P.M. Currie

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CaV2.1 (P/Q-type) and CaV2.2 (N-type) voltage-gated Ca2+ channels play pivotal roles in synaptic transmission and neuroendocrine hormone secretion by coupling excitation (i.e. action potential firing) to transmitter release through Ca2+-dependent exocytosis. Consequently, multiple protein-protein interactions and cell signaling pathways converge on these channels to precisely control the amount, location, and timing of Ca2+ entry. Among these, G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) respond to autocrine, paracrine, and retrograde chemical signals to provide important feedback regulation. Several distinct signaling pathways recruited by GPCRs can converge on Ca2+ channels, however this chapter focuses on the so-called voltage-dependent inhibition mediated by direct binding of G protein βγ subunits (Gβγ) to the channels. This includes an overview of the functional impact of Gβγ on CaV2 channels and current understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved. Neuroendocrine chromaffin cells are also highlighted as both a physiologically important system and powerful cellular model to investigate modulation of Ca2+ channels and neurosecretion by GPCRs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModulation of Presynaptic Calcium Channels
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789400763340
ISBN (Print)9400763336, 9789400763333
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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