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The primary structure of a voltage-dependent calcium channel from rabbit brain has been deduced by cloning and sequencing the complementary DNA. Calcium channel activity expressed from the cDNA is dramatically increased by coexpression of the alpha 2 and beta subunits, known to be associated with the dihydropyridine receptor. This channel is a high(More)
Many diverse systems for sex determination have evolved in plants and animals. One involves physically distinct (heteromorphic) sex chromosomes (X and Y, or Z and W) that are homozygous in one sex (usually female) and heterozygous in the other (usually male). Sex chromosome evolution is thought to involve suppression of recombination around the sex(More)
The complete amino acid sequence of a rabbit brain calcium channel (BIII) has been deduced by cloning and sequencing the cDNA. The open reading frame encodes 2339 amino acids, which corresponds to an M(r) of 261,167. A phylogenetic tree representing evolutionary relationships indicates that BIII is grouped together with the other rabbit brain calcium(More)
We have examined the ability of BI (class A) Ca2+ channels, cloned from rabbit brain, to mediate excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling in skeletal muscle. Expression plasmids carrying cDNA encoding BI channels were microinjected into the nuclei of dysgenic mouse myotubes grown in primary culture. Ionic currents and intramembrane charge movements produced by(More)
The complete amino acid sequence of a novel calcium channel (designated BII) from rabbit brain has been deduced by cloning and sequencing the cDNA. The BII calcium channel is structurally more closely related to the BI calcium channel than to the cardiac and skeletal muscle L-type calcium channels. Blot hybridization analysis of RNA from different tissues(More)
Exotic quantum states and fractionalized magnetic excitations, such as spinons in one-dimensional chains, are generally expected to occur in 3d transition metal systems with spin 1/2. Our neutron-scattering experiments on the 4f-electron metal Yb2Pt2Pb overturn this conventional wisdom. We observe broad magnetic continuum dispersing in only one direction,(More)
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