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Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PtdIns(4,5)P2) has an important function in cell regulation both as a precursor of second messenger molecules and by means of its direct interactions with cytosolic and membrane proteins. Biochemical studies have suggested a role for PtdIns(4,5)P2 in clathrin coat dynamics, and defects in its dephosphorylation at the(More)
We have cloned cDNAs for the shaker potassium channel gene from the spiny lobster Panulirus interruptus. As previously found in Drosophila, there is alternative splicing at the 5' and 3' ends of the coding region. However, in Panulirus shaker, alternative splicing also occurs within the pore-forming region of the protein. Three different splice variants(More)
In Drosophila shaker voltage-dependent potassium channels, alternative splicing at the amino and carboxy termini produces currents with different electrophysiological characteristics. We have cloned alternatively spliced forms of shaker from the spiny lobster Panulirus interruptus. Alternative exons were found at three sites of the gene; eight different 5'(More)
The accurate assignment of molecular roles in membrane traffic is frequently complicated by the lack of specific inhibitors that can work on rapid time scales. Such inhibition schemes would potentially avoid the complications arising from either compensatory gene expression or the complex downstream consequences of inhibition of an important protein over(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a cadaveric temporal bone preparation to compare the strength of superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SCD) repair techniques. BACKGROUND Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome is a clinical condition with a variety of auditory and vestibular symptoms resulting from a mobile third window into the inner ear. Patients with(More)
Cholinergic inhibition of hair cells occurs by activation of calcium-dependent potassium channels. A near-membrane postsynaptic cistern has been proposed to serve as a store from which calcium is released to supplement influx through the ionotropic ACh receptor. However, the time and voltage dependence of acetylcholine (ACh)-evoked potassium currents reveal(More)
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