Ricardo Félix

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Stargazer mice have spike-wave seizures characteristic of absence epilepsy, with accompanying defects in the cerebellum and inner ear. We describe here a novel gene, Cacng2, whose expression is disrupted in two stargazer alleles. It encodes a 36-kD protein (stargazin) with structural similarity to the gamma subunit of skeletal muscle voltage-gated calcium(More)
A novel gene (Cacng2; gamma(2)) encoding a protein similar to the voltage-activated Ca(2+) channel gamma(1) subunit was identified as the defective gene in the epileptic and ataxic mouse, stargazer. In this study, we analyzed the association of this novel neuronal gamma(2) subunit with Ca(2+) channels of rabbit brain, and the function of the gamma(2)(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced differentiation in PC12 cells is accompanied by changes in the expression of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels. Ca2+ channels are multimeric complexes composed of at least three subunits (alpha1, beta, and alpha2delta) and are involved in neuronal migration, gene expression, and neurotransmitter release. Although attempts(More)
Ion channels and transporters, key elements in sperm-egg signaling and environmental sensing, are essential for fertilization. External cues and components from the outer envelopes of the egg influence sperm ion permeability and behavior. Combining in vivo measurements of membrane potential, intracellular ions, and second messengers with new molecular(More)
Coexpression of the cloned voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel alpha2delta subunit with the pore-forming alpha1 subunit results in a significant increase in macroscopic current amplitude. To gain insight into the mechanism underlying this interaction, we have examined the regulatory effect of either the alpha2delta complex or the delta subunit on the Ca2+(More)
Generating new life in animals by sexual reproduction depends on adequate communication between mature and competent male and female gametes. Ion channels are instrumental in the dialogue between sperm, its environment, and the egg. The ability of sperm to swim to the egg and fertilize it is modulated by ion permeability changes induced by environmental(More)
Capacitative Ca(2+) entry is a process whereby the activation of Ca(2+) influx through the plasma membrane is triggered by depletion of intracellular Ca(2+) stores. Some transient receptor potential (TRPC) proteins have been proposed as candidates for capacitative Ca(2+) channels. Recent evidence indicates that capacitative Ca(2+) entry participates in the(More)
Intracellular Ca(2+) has an important regulatory role in the control of sperm motility, capacitation, and the acrosome reaction (AR). However, little is known about the molecular identity of the membrane systems that regulate Ca(2+) in sperm. In this report, we provide evidence for the expression of seven Drosophila transient receptor potential homolog(More)
Coexpression of the cloned voltage-dependent Ca channel a2d subunit with the pore-forming a1 subunit results in a significant increase in macroscopic current amplitude. To gain insight into the mechanism underlying this interaction, we have examined the regulatory effect of either the a2d complex or the d subunit on the Ca channel a1 subunit. Transient(More)
The role of the extracellular domain of the voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel alpha2delta subunit in assembly with the alpha1C subunit was investigated. Transiently transfected tsA201 cells processed the alpha2delta subunit properly as disulfide linkages and cleavage sites between the alpha2 and delta subunits were shown to be similar to native channel(More)