Kurt D Torgersen

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We have used chemical synthesis, functional reconstitution, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to probe the functional dynamics of phospholamban (PLB), which regulates the Ca-ATPase (SERCA) in cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum. The transmembrane domain of PLB inhibits SERCA at low [Ca(2+)], but the cytoplasmic domain relieves this inhibition upon Ser16(More)
Phospholamban (PLN) regulates calcium translocation within cardiac myocytes by shifting sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) affinity for calcium. Although the monomeric form of PLN (6 kDa) is the principal inhibitory species, recent evidence suggests that the PLN pentamer (30 kDa) also is able to bind SERCA. To date, several membrane(More)
We have used electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to probe the homo- and heterooligomeric interactions of reconstituted sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca-ATPase (SERCA) and its regulator phospholamban (PLB). SERCA is responsible for restoring calcium to the sarcoplasmic reticulum to allow muscle relaxation, whereas PLB inhibits cardiac SERCA unless phosphorylated(More)
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