EMAIL THIS PAGE TO A FRIEND

FEBS letters

Insertion of the full-length calcium channel alpha(1S) subunit into triads of skeletal muscle in vitro.


PMID 10828458

Abstract

A full-length and a C-terminally truncated form of the calcium channel alpha(1S) subunit can be isolated from skeletal muscle. Here we studied whether full-length alpha(1S) is functionally incorporated into the skeletal muscle excitation-contraction coupling apparatus. A fusion protein of alpha(1S) with the green fluorescent protein attached to its C-terminus (alpha(1S)-GFP) or alpha(1S) and GFP separately (alpha(1S)+GFP) were expressed in dysgenic myotubes, which lack endogenous alpha(1S). Full-length alpha(1S)-GFP was targeted into triad junctions and restored calcium currents and excitation-contraction coupling. GFP remained colocalized with alpha(1S), indicating that intact alpha(1S)-GFP was inserted into triads and that the C-terminus remained associated with the excitation-contraction coupling apparatus.