Christina M. Wilkens

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Intracellular blockade by quaternary ammonium (QA) molecules of many potassium channels is state dependent, where the requirement for channel opening is evidenced by a time-dependent component of block in the macroscopic record. Whether this is the case for Ca(2+)- and voltage-activated potassium (BK) channels, however, remains unclear. Previous work (Li,(More)
K(2P) channels mediate potassium background currents essential to central nervous system function, controlling excitability by stabilizing membrane potential below firing threshold and expediting repolarization. Here, we show that alternative translation initiation (ATI) regulates function of K(2P)2.1 (TREK-1) via an unexpected strategy. Full-length(More)
The L-type Ca2+ channel in skeletal muscle (α1S) is essential for excitation–contraction (EC) coupling. Previous studies using chimeras composed of α1S together with α1C or α1M demonstrated the importance of the α1S II–III loop and of a smaller subdomain (residues 720–764; ‘ECC’) in skeletal EC coupling. However, these chimeras failed to test the(More)
A defining property of L-type Ca(2+) channels is their potentiation by both 1,4-dihydropyridine agonists and strong depolarization. In contrast, non-L-type channels are potentiated by neither agonist nor depolarization, suggesting that these two processes may by linked. In this study, we have tested whether the mechanisms of agonist- and(More)
The L-type Ca2+ channel in skeletal muscle (alpha1S) is essential for excitation-contraction (EC) coupling. Previous studies using chimeras composed of alpha1S together with alpha1C or alpha1M demonstrated the importance of the alpha1S II-III loop and of a smaller subdomain (residues 720-764; 'ECC') in skeletal EC coupling. However, these chimeras failed to(More)
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