Manuela Nieto-Rostro

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The coi1 mutation defines an Arabidopsis gene required for response to jasmonates, which regulate defense against insects and pathogens, wound healing, and pollen fertility. The wild-type allele, COI1, was mapped to a 90-kilobase genomic fragment and located by complementation of coi1-1 mutants. The predicted amino acid sequence of the COI1 protein contains(More)
Jasmonates (JAs) regulate Arabidopsis thaliana wound and defence responses, pollen development, and stress-related growth inhibition. Significantly, each of these responses requires COI1, an F-box protein. Other F-box proteins interact with SKP1 and cullin proteins to form SCF complexes that selectively recruit regulatory proteins targeted for(More)
Neuropathic pain results from damage to the peripheral sensory nervous system, which may have a number of causes. The calcium channel subunit alpha(2)delta-1 is upregulated in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in several animal models of neuropathic pain, and this is causally related to the onset of allodynia, in which a non-noxious stimulus becomes(More)
The CaVbeta subunits of voltage-gated calcium channels regulate these channels in several ways. Here we investigate the role of these auxiliary subunits in the expression of functional N-type channels at the plasma membrane and in the modulation by G-protein-coupled receptors of this neuronal channel. To do so, we mutated tryptophan 391 to an alanine within(More)
The mechanism of action of the antiepileptic and antinociceptive drugs of the gabapentinoid family has remained poorly understood. Gabapentin (GBP) binds to an exofacial epitope of the alpha(2)delta-1 and alpha(2)delta-2 auxiliary subunits of voltage-gated calcium channels, but acute inhibition of calcium currents by GBP is either very minor or absent. We(More)
All auxiliary alpha2delta subunits of voltage-gated Ca2+ (Ca(V)) channels contain an extracellular Von Willebrand factor-A (VWA) domain that, in alpha2delta-1 and -2, has a perfect metal-ion-dependent adhesion site (MIDAS). Modeling of the alpha2delta-2 VWA domain shows it to be highly likely to bind a divalent cation. Mutating the three key MIDAS residues(More)
Voltage-gated calcium channels are thought to exist in the plasma membrane as heteromeric proteins, in which the alpha1 subunit is associated with two auxiliary subunits, the intracellular beta subunit and the alpha(2)delta subunit; both of these subunits influence the trafficking and properties of Ca(V)1 and Ca(V)2 channels. The alpha(2)delta subunits have(More)
Claudia S. Bauer,1 Manuela Nieto-Rostro,1 Wahida Rahman,1 Alexandra Tran-Van-Minh,1 Laurent Ferron,1 Leon Douglas,1 Ivan Kadurin,1 Yorain Sri Ranjan,1 Laura Fernandez-Alacid,2 Neil S. Millar,1 Anthony H. Dickenson,1 Rafael Lujan,2 and Annette C. Dolphin1 1Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT,(More)
The α2δ-1 subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels is upregulated after sensory nerve injury and is also the therapeutic target of gabapentinoid drugs. It is therefore likely to play a key role in the development of neuropathic pain. In this study, we have examined mice in which α2δ-1 gene expression is disrupted, to determine whether α2δ-1 is involved in(More)
Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) regulate calcium influx into all excitable cells. In the heart, the main calcium channels are the L-type VGCCs (LTCCs). These are localised to the sarcolemmal membrane, and are hetero-oligomeric complexes comprised of three non-covalently associated polypeptides; alpha1 (CaV1.2), alpha2delta and beta. We recently(More)