Joana Almaça

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Bestrophins form Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channels and regulate intracellular Ca(2+) signaling. We demonstrate that bestrophin 1 is localized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), where it interacts with stromal interacting molecule 1, the ER-Ca(2+) sensor. Intracellular Ca(2+) transients elicited by stimulation of purinergic P2Y(2) receptors in HEK293 cells(More)
Two families of proteins, the bestrophins (Best) and the recently cloned TMEM16 proteins (anoctamin, Ano), recapitulate properties of Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) currents. Best1 is strongly expressed in the retinal pigment epithelium and could have a function as a Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channel as well as a regulator of Ca(2+) signaling. It is also present at(More)
CK2 is a ubiquitous, pleiotropic, and constitutively active Ser/Thr protein kinase that controls protein expression, cell signaling, and ion channel activity. Phosphorylation sites for CK2 are located in the C terminus of both beta- and gamma-subunits of the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC). We examined the role of CK2 on the regulation of both endogenous(More)
Cystic fibrosis lung disease is caused by reduced Cl− secretion along with enhanced Na+ absorption, leading to reduced airway surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance. Therapeutic strategies have been developed to activate cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) or to overcome enhanced Na+ absorption by the epithelial Na+(More)
Dysfunction of ENaC, the epithelial sodium channel that regulates salt and water reabsorption in epithelia, causes several human diseases, including cystic fibrosis (CF). To develop a global understanding of molecular regulators of ENaC traffic/function and to identify of candidate CF drug targets, we performed a large-scale screen combining high-content(More)
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