Luc Raeymaekers

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Intracellular Ca(2+)-transport ATPases exert a pivotal role in the endoplasmic reticulum and in the compartments of the cellular secretory pathway by maintaining a sufficiently high lumenal Ca(2+) (and Mn(2+)) concentration in these compartments required for an impressive number of vastly different cell functions. At the same time this lumenal Ca(2+)(More)
Accumulation of Ca(2+) into the Golgi apparatus is mediated by sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPases (SERCAs) and by secretory pathway Ca(2+)-ATPases (SPCAs). Mammals and birds express in addition to the housekeeping SPCA1 (human gene name ATP2C1, cytogenetic position 3q22.1) a homologous SPCA2 isoform (human gene name ATP2C2, cytogenetic position(More)
Oxidative stress is a recognized pathogenic factor in ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI). Iron induced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in vitro reduces both the Na+K+-ATPase activity and Na+-Ca2+ exchanger of synaptosomal membranes, concomitantly with alteration of physical state of membranes. Oxidative insult also leads to the loss of ability of(More)
The various splice variants of the three SERCA- and the two SPCA-pump genes in higher vertebrates encode P-type ATPases of the P(2A) group found respectively in the membranes of the endoplasmic reticulum and the secretory pathway. Of these, SERCA2b and SPCA1a represent the housekeeping isoforms. The SERCA2b form is characterized by a luminal carboxy(More)
1. We combined patch clamp and fura-2 fluorescence methods to characterize human TRP3 (hTRP3) channels heterologously expressed in cultured bovine pulmonary artery endothelial (CPAE) cells, which do not express the bovine trp3 isoform (btrp3) but express btrp1 and btrp4. 2. ATP, bradykinin and intracellular InsP3 activated a non-selective cation current(More)
The biochemical function of the plasma membrane calcium ATPases (PMCAs) is the extrusion of cytosolic Ca2+ from the cell. Although this general function is well documented, the role of the complex isoform diversity and especially the contribution of specific isoforms to pathological conditions is less well understood. No human disease has been linked to a(More)
The existence and properties of volume-activated Cl− currents were studied in 15 different cell types (endothelium: human umbilical vein, human aorta, bovine pulmonary artery; fibroblasts: Swiss 3T3, L, C3H 10T1/2 and COS-1; epithelium: KB3, HeLa and A6; blood cells: RBL-2H3 and Jurkat; endothelioma cells derived from both subcutaneous and thymic(More)
The remarkably stable dynamics displayed by randomly constructed Boolean networks is one of the most striking examples of the spontaneous emergence of self-organization in model systems composed of many interacting elements (Kauffman, S., J. theor. Biol.22, 437-467, 1969; The Origins of Order, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993). The dynamics of such(More)
1. Secretory pathway Ca2+ ATPase type 1 (SPCA1) is a newly recognized Ca2+/Mn2+-transporting pump localized in membranes of the Golgi apparatus. 2. The expression level of SPCA1 in brain tissue is relatively high in comparison with other tissues. 3. With the aim to determine the expression of SPCA1 within the different types of neural cells, we investigated(More)
Besides the well-known sarco/endoplasmic-reticulum Ca2+-transport ATPases (SERCA), animal cells contain a much less characterized P-type Ca2+-transport ATPase: the PMR1/SPCA Ca2+/Mn2+-transport ATPase. SPCA is mainly targeted to the Golgi apparatus. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that it might be more closely related to a putative ancestral Ca2+ pump than(More)