Chang-Xi Bai

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Although several protein-protein interactions have been reported between transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, they are all known to occur exclusively between members of the same group. The only intergroup interaction described so far is that of TRPP2 and TRPC1; however, the significance of this interaction is unknown. Here, we show that TRPP2 and(More)
BACKGROUND Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is characterized by the formation of multiple fluid-filled cysts that destroy the kidney architecture resulting in end-stage renal failure. Mutations in genes PKD1 and PKD2 account for nearly all cases of ADPKD. Increased cell proliferation is one of the key features of the disease. Several(More)
Local anesthetics (LAs) block Na(+) channels with a higher affinity for the fast or slow inactivated state of the channel. Their binding to the channel may stabilize fast inactivation or induce slow inactivation. We examined the role of the LA binding sites on domain IV, S6 (IVS6) of Na(+) channels in fast and slow inactivation by studying the gating(More)
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), the most common inherited cause of kidney failure, is caused by mutations in either PKD1 (85%) or PKD2 (15%). The PKD2 protein, polycystin-2 (PC2 or TRPP2), is a member of the transient receptor potential (TRP) superfamily and functions as a non-selective calcium channel. PC2 has been found to form(More)
The TRPP2 cation channel is directly responsible for approximately 15% of all cases of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. However, the mechanisms underlying fundamental properties of TRPP2 regulation, such as channel gating and activation, are unknown. We have shown that TRPP2 was activated by EGF and physically interacted with the mammalian(More)
WNT ligands induce Ca(2+) signalling on target cells. PKD1 (polycystin 1) is considered an orphan, atypical G-protein-coupled receptor complexed with TRPP2 (polycystin 2 or PKD2), a Ca(2+)-permeable ion channel. Inactivating mutations in their genes cause autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), one of the most common genetic diseases. Here, we(More)
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