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FK506 binding proteins 12 and 12.6 (FKBP12 and FKBP12.6) are intracellular receptors for the immunosuppressant drug FK506 (ref. 1). The skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor (RyR1) is isolated as a hetero-oligomer with FKBP12 (ref. 2), whereas the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2) more selectively associates with FKBP12.6 (refs 3, 4, 5). FKBP12 modulates Ca2+(More)
Calcium-induced calcium release (CICR) has been observed in cardiac myocytes as elementary calcium release events (calcium sparks) associated with the opening of L-type Ca(2+) channels. In heart cells, a tight coupling between the gating of single L-type Ca(2+) channels and ryanodine receptors (RYRs) underlies calcium release. Here we demonstrate that(More)
Intracellular Ca2+ release through ryanodine receptors (RyRs) plays important roles in smooth muscle excitation-contraction coupling, but the underlying regulatory mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we show that FK506 binding protein of 12.6 kDa (FKBP12.6) associates with and regulates type 2 RyRs (RyR2) in tracheal smooth muscle. FKBP12.6 binds to RyR2(More)
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