Leah Carbonneau

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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)
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)
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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