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Calcium influx into cardiac myocytes via voltage-gated Ca channels is a key step in initiating the contractile response. During prolonged depolarizations, toxic Ca(2+) overload is prevented by channel inactivation occurring through two different processes identified by their primary trigger: voltage or intracellular Ca(2+). In physiological situations,(More)
RGK (Rad-Gem-Rem) GTPases have been described as potent negative regulators of the Ca(2+) influx via high-threshold voltage-activated Ca(2+) channels. Recent work, mostly performed on Ca(V)1.2 Ca(2+) channels, has highlighted the crucial role played by the channel auxiliary Ca(V)beta subunits and identified several GTPase and beta-subunit protein domains(More)
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