Biagio Gravante

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Agrin controls the formation of the neuromuscular junction. Whether it regulates the differentiation of other types of synapses remains unclear. Therefore, we have studied the role of agrin in cultured hippocampal neurons. Synaptogenesis was severely compromised when agrin expression or function was suppressed by antisense oligonucleotides and specific(More)
The pacemaker current I(f) of the sinoatrial node (SAN) is a major determinant of cardiac diastolic depolarization and plays a key role in controlling heart rate and its modulation by neurotransmitters. Substantial expression of two different mRNAs (HCN4, HCN1) of the family of pacemaker channels (HCN) is found in rabbit SAN, suggesting that the native(More)
Pacemaker channels are encoded by the HCN gene family and are responsible for a variety of cellular functions including control of spontaneous activity in cardiac myocytes and control of excitability in different types of neurons. Some of these functions require specific membrane localization. Although several voltage-gated channels are known to interact(More)
Gating of voltage-dependent conductances in retinal photoreceptors is the first step of a process leading to the enhancement of the temporal performance of the visual system. The molecular components underlying voltage-dependent gating in rods are presently poorly defined. In the present work we have investigated the isoform composition and the functional(More)
Lipid rafts are discrete membrane subdomains rich in sphingolipids and cholesterol. In ventricular myocytes a function of caveolae, a type of lipid rafts, is to concentrate in close proximity several proteins of the beta-adrenergic transduction pathway. We have investigated the subcellular localization of HCN4 channels expressed in HEK cells and studied the(More)
From the ‡Dipartimento di Fisiologia e Biochimica Generali, the §Dipartimento di Biologia, and the **Dipartimento di Genetica e di Biologia dei Microrganismi, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Celoria 26, Milano 20133, the iConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Centro di Studio per la Biologia e Fisiopatologia Muscolare and Dipartimento di Scienze(More)
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