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Neurotransmitter release at many central synapses is initiated by an influx of calcium ions through P/Q-type calcium channels, which are densely localized in nerve terminals. Because neurotransmitter release is proportional to the fourth power of calcium concentration, regulation of its entry can profoundly influence neurotransmission. N- and P/Q-type(More)
Trains of action potentials cause Ca(2+)-dependent facilitation and inactivation of presynaptic P/Q-type Ca(2+) channels that can alter synaptic efficacy. A potential mechanism for these effects involves calmodulin, which associates in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner with the pore-forming alpha(1A) subunit. Here, we report that Ca(2+) and calmodulin dramatically(More)
Ca(v)2.1 channels, which mediate P/Q-type Ca2+ currents, undergo Ca2+/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent inactivation and facilitation that can significantly alter synaptic efficacy. Here we report that the neuronal Ca2+-binding protein 1 (CaBP1) modulates Ca(v)2.1 channels in a manner that is markedly different from modulation by CaM. CaBP1 enhances inactivation,(More)
CaBP1-8 are neuronal Ca(2+)-binding proteins with similarity to calmodulin (CaM). Here we show that CaBP4 is specifically expressed in photoreceptors, where it is localized to synaptic terminals. The outer plexiform layer, which contains the photoreceptor synapses with secondary neurons, was thinner in the Cabp4(-/-) mice than in control mice. Cabp4(-/-)(More)
Ca2+-binding protein-1 (CaBP1) is a Ca2+-binding protein that is closely related to calmodulin (CaM) and localized in somatodendritic regions of principal neurons throughout the brain, but how CaBP1 participates in postsynaptic Ca2+ signaling is not known. Here, we describe a novel role for CaBP1 in the regulation of Ca2+ influx through Ca(v)1.2 (L-type)(More)
Ca2+-dependent facilitation and inactivation (CDF and CDI) of Cav2.1 channels modulate presynaptic P/Q-type Ca2+ currents and contribute to activity-dependent synaptic plasticity. This dual feedback regulation by Ca2+ involves calmodulin (CaM) binding to the alpha1 subunit (alpha12.1). The molecular determinants for Ca2+-dependent modulation of Cav2.1(More)
In the hippocampal formation, Ca(v)1.2 (L-type) voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels mediate Ca(2+) signals that can trigger long-term alterations in synaptic efficacy underlying learning and memory. Immunocytochemical studies indicate that Ca(v)1.2 channels are localized mainly in the soma and proximal dendrites of hippocampal pyramidal neurons, but(More)
Ca(2+)-binding protein-1 (CaBP1) and calmodulin (CaM) are highly related Ca(2+)-binding proteins that directly interact with, and yet differentially regulate, voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels. Whereas CaM enhances inactivation of Ca(2+) currents through Ca(v)1.2 (L-type) Ca(2+) channels, CaBP1 completely prevents this process. How CaBP1 and CaM mediate such(More)
Sound coding at the auditory inner hair cell synapse requires graded changes in neurotransmitter release, triggered by sustained activation of presynaptic Ca(v)1.3 voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels. Central to their role in this regard, Ca(v)1.3 channels in inner hair cells show little Ca(2+)-dependent inactivation, a fast negative feedback regulation by(More)
Ca(v)1 (L-type) channels and calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) are key regulators of Ca(2+) signaling in neurons. CaMKII directly potentiates the activity of Ca(v)1.2 and Ca(v)1.3 channels, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are incompletely understood. Here, we report that the CaMKII-associated protein densin is required for(More)