Sabiha R. Gardezi

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Evidence that synaptic vesicles (SVs) can be gated by a single voltage sensitive calcium channel (CaV2.2) predict a molecular linking mechanism or "tether" (Stanley, 1993). Recent studies have proposed that the SV binds to the distal C-terminal on the CaV2.2 calcium channel (Kaeser et al., 2011; Wong et al., 2013) while genetic analysis proposed a double(More)
Ca(V)2.2 voltage-gated calcium channels play a key role in the gating of transmitter release at presynaptic terminals. Recently we used mass spectrometry (MS) to analyze the protein complex associated with Ca(V)2.2 in purified presynaptic terminal membranes. A number of known and new Ca(V)2.2-associated proteins were identified, but not the channel itself.(More)
To the editor: PDLIM5 (postsynaptic density protein–95, discs-large, ZO1, Lin11–Isl-1–Mec-3), formerly known as enigma homolog (ENH) is a ~63-kDa cytoplasmic protein composed of a PDZ domain at the N terminus and three consecutive LIM domains at the C terminus (Supplementary Fig. 1)1. Early studies showed that protein kinase C (PKC) binds to the LIM(More)
Neurotransmitter is released from synaptic vesicles (SVs) that are gated to fuse with the presynaptic membrane by calcium ions that enter through voltage-gated calcium channels (CaVs). There is compelling evidence that SVs associate closely with the CaVs but the molecular linking mechanisms remain poorly understood. Using a cell-free, synaptic(More)
At chemical synapses the incoming action potential triggers the influx of Ca2+ through voltage-sensitive calcium channels (CaVs, typically CaV2.1 and 2.2) and the ions binds to sensors associated with docked, transmitter filled synaptic vesicles (SVs), triggering their fusion and discharge. The CaVs and docked SVs are located within the active zone (AZ)(More)
Calcium entry through CaV2.2 calcium channels clustered at the active zone (AZ) of the presynaptic nerve terminal gates synaptic vesicle (SV) fusion and the discharge of neurotransmitters, but the mechanism of channel scaffolding remains poorly understood. Recent studies have implicated the binding of a PDZ ligand domain (PDZ-LD) at the tip of the channel C(More)
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