Hong Fei

Irwin B Levitan10
Mohammad Shahidullah3
10Irwin B Levitan
3Mohammad Shahidullah
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disease that leads invariably to fatal paralysis associated with motor neuron degeneration and muscular atrophy. One gene associated with ALS encodes the DNA/RNA-binding protein Fused in Sarcoma (FUS). There now exist two Drosophila models of ALS. In one, human FUS with ALS-causing(More)
Molecular details of ion channel interactions with modulatory subunits have been investigated widely in transfected cells, but the physiological roles of ion channel modulatory protein complexes in native neurons remain largely unexplored. The Drosophila large-conductance calcium-activated potassium channel (dSlo) binds to and is modulated by its binding(More)
From its position in presynaptic nerve terminals, the large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K+ channel, Slo, regulates neurotransmitter release. Several other ion channels known to control neurotransmitter release have been implicated in physical interactions with the neurotransmitter release machinery. For example, the Ca(v)2.2 (N-type) Ca2+ channel binds to(More)
We have cloned and characterized mouse and human variants of MONaKA, a novel protein that interacts with and modulates the plasma membrane Na,K-ATPase. MONaKA was cloned based on its sequence homology to the Drosophila Slowpoke channel-binding protein dSlob, but mouse and human MONaKA do not bind to mammalian Slowpoke channels. At least two splice variants(More)
The Drosophila Slowpoke calcium-dependent potassium channel (dSlo) binding protein Slob was discovered by a yeast two-hybrid screen using the carboxy-terminal tail region of dSlo as bait. Slob binds to and modulates the dSlo channel. We have found that there are several Slob proteins, resulting from multiple translational start sites and alternative(More)
There is ample evidence that ion channel modulation by accessory proteins within a macromolecular complex can regulate channel activity and thereby impact neuronal excitability. However, the downstream consequences of ion channel modulation remain largely undetermined. The Drosophila melanogaster large conductance calcium-activated potassium channel(More)
Slob binds to and modulates the Drosophila Slowpoke (dSlo) calcium-activated potassium channel and also recruits the ubiquitous signaling protein 14-3-3 to the channel regulatory complex. RT-PCR reveals the presence of multiple slob transcripts in Drosophila heads. The transcripts are predicted to encode proteins that we call Slob51 (kDa), Slob57, Slob65,(More)
Slob modulates the activity of the Drosophila Slowpoke calcium-dependent potassium channel (dSlo) via its direct binding to the channel. To characterize the molecular detail of the protein-protein interaction between Slob and dSlo, we constructed a series of Slob mutants that are progressively truncated at either the carboxyl or amino terminal end, and(More)