Susan L. Hoefs

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Mg2+ is an essential ion involved in a multitude of physiological and biochemical processes and a major constituent of bone tissue. Mg2+ homeostasis in mammals depends on the equilibrium between intestinal Mg2+ absorption and renal Mg2+ excretion, but little is known about the molecular nature of the proteins involved in the transepithelial transport of(More)
The epithelial Ca(2+) channels TRPV5 and TRPV6 mediate the Ca(2+) influx in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3)-responsive epithelia and are therefore essential in the maintenance of the body Ca(2+) balance. These Ca(2+) channels assemble in (hetero)tetrameric channel complexes with different functional characteristics regarding Ca(2+)-dependent inactivation, ion(More)
The Ca channels ECaC1 and ECaC2 (TRPV5 and TRPV6) share several functional properties including permeation profile and Ca -dependent inactivation. However, the kinetics of ECaC2 currents notably differ from ECaC1 currents. The initial inactivation is much faster in ECaC2 than in ECaC1, and the kinetic differences between Ca and Ba currents are more(More)
The Ca(2+) channels ECaC1 and ECaC2 (TRPV5 and TRPV6) share several functional properties including permeation profile and Ca(2+)-dependent inactivation. However, the kinetics of ECaC2 currents notably differ from ECaC1 currents. The initial inactivation is much faster in ECaC2 than in ECaC1, and the kinetic differences between Ca(2+) and Ba(2+) currents(More)
Mutations in the Aquaporin-2 gene, which encodes a renal water channel, have been shown to cause autosomal nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI), a disease in which the kidney is unable to concentrate urine in response to vasopressin. Most AQP2 missense mutants in recessive NDI are retained in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), but AQP2-T125M and AQP2-G175R(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelium-derived microparticles (EMPs) are submicron vesicles released from the plasma membrane of endothelial cells in response to injury, apoptosis or activation. We have previously demonstrated EMP-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in animal models and endothelial barrier dysfunction in vitro. Current treatment options for ALI are limited and(More)
The family of epithelial Ca2+ channels (ECaC) is a unique group of highly Ca2+-selective channels consisting of two members, ECaC1 and ECaC2. We used carboxyl terminal truncations and mutants to delineate the molecular determinants of the Ca2+-dependent inhibition of ECaC. To this end, rabbit ECaC1 was expressed heterologously with green fluorescent protein(More)
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