Leah Carbonneau

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Understanding which cytosolic domains of the dihydropyridine receptor participate in excitation-contraction (EC) coupling is critical to validate current structural models. Here we quantified the contribution to skeletal-type EC coupling of the alpha1S (CaV1.1) II-III loop when alone or in combination with the rest of the cytosolic domains of alpha1S.(More)
Chimeras consisting of the homologous skeletal dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) beta1a subunit and the heterologous cardiac/brain beta2a subunit were used to determine which regions of beta1a were responsible for the skeletal-type excitation-contraction (EC) coupling phenotype. Chimeras were transiently transfected in beta1 knockout myotubes and then(More)
Molecular determinants essential for skeletal-type excitation-contraction (EC) coupling have been described in the cytosolic loops of the dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) alpha1S pore subunit and in the carboxyl terminus of the skeletal-specific DHPR beta1a-subunit. It is unknown whether EC coupling domains present in the beta-subunit influence those present(More)
Molecular understanding of the mechanism of excitation-contraction (EC) coupling in skeletal muscle has been made possible by cultured myotube models lacking specific dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) subunits and ryanodine receptor type 1 (RyR1) isoforms. Transient expression of missing cDNAs in mutant myotubes leads to a rapid recovery, within days, of(More)
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