Frank Wuytack

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Intracellular Ca(2+)-transport ATPases exert a pivotal role in the endoplasmic reticulum and in the compartments of the cellular secretory pathway by maintaining a sufficiently high lumenal Ca(2+) (and Mn(2+)) concentration in these compartments required for an impressive number of vastly different cell functions. At the same time this lumenal Ca(2+)(More)
The relative mRNA levels corresponding to the different sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic-reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase isoforms (SERCA1a, SERCA1b, SERCA2a, SERCA2b and SERCA3) were measured by reverse transcriptase-PCR in rat soleus muscles regenerating after notexin-induced necrosis. The succession of appearance of the different types of SERCA mRNA species in(More)
In polarized epithelial cells [Ca2+]i waves are initiated in discrete regions and propagate through the cytosol. The structural basis for these compartmentalized and coordinated events are not well understood. In the present study we used a combination of [Ca2+]i imaging at high temporal resolution, recording of Ca2+-activated Cl- current, and(More)
Presenilin (PSEN) deficiency is accompanied by accumulation of endosomes and autophagosomes, likely caused by impaired endo-lysosomal fusion. Recently, Lee et al. (2010. Cell. doi: attributed this phenomenon to PSEN1 enabling the transport of mature V0a1 subunits of the vacuolar ATPase (V-ATPase) to lysosomes.(More)
The neonatal isoform of sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase 1 (SERCA1b) is a Ca2+ pump with a well-known developmentally regulated transcript level but an undefined protein expression and function. Specific antibodies were generated to show that SERCA1b is exclusively expressed in myoblasts and myotubes of cultured and regenerating muscle.(More)
Two sarcoendoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPases, SERCA3 and SERCA2b, are expressed in pancreatic islets. Immunocytochemistry showed that SERCA3 is restricted to beta-cells in the mouse pancreas. Control and SERCA3-deficient mice were used to evaluate the role of SERCA3 in beta-cell cytosolic-free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](c)) regulation, insulin(More)
Besides the well-known sarco/endoplasmic-reticulum Ca2+-transport ATPases (SERCA), animal cells contain a much less characterized P-type Ca2+-transport ATPase: the PMR1/SPCA Ca2+/Mn2+-transport ATPase. SPCA is mainly targeted to the Golgi apparatus. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that it might be more closely related to a putative ancestral Ca2+ pump than(More)
The various splice variants of the three SERCA- and the two SPCA-pump genes in higher vertebrates encode P-type ATPases of the P(2A) group found respectively in the membranes of the endoplasmic reticulum and the secretory pathway. Of these, SERCA2b and SPCA1a represent the housekeeping isoforms. The SERCA2b form is characterized by a luminal carboxy(More)
Accumulation of Ca(2+) into the Golgi apparatus is mediated by sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPases (SERCAs) and by secretory pathway Ca(2+)-ATPases (SPCAs). Mammals and birds express in addition to the housekeeping SPCA1 (human gene name ATP2C1, cytogenetic position 3q22.1) a homologous SPCA2 isoform (human gene name ATP2C2, cytogenetic position(More)
The mRNA levels of the adult and the neonatal sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPases (SERCA1a and SERCA1b, respectively) and those of the muscle regulatory factors (MRFs: myoD, myf-5, myogenin, MRF4) have been assessed by RT PCR in rat soleus muscles immobilized for 3 days in an extended position (passive stretch). The transcript level of the fast(More)