William B Ferguson

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Cilia are complex organelles involved in sensory perception and fluid or cell movement. They are constructed through a highly conserved process called intraflagellar transport (IFT). Mutations in IFT genes, such as Tg737, result in severe developmental defects and disease. In the case of the Tg737orpk mutants, these pathological alterations include cystic(More)
The epithelial Ca(2+) channel TRPV5 serves as a gatekeeper for active Ca(2+) reabsorption in the distal convoluted tubule and connecting tubule of the kidney. WNK4, a protein serine/threonine kinase with gene mutations that cause familial hyperkalemic hypertension (FHH), including a subtype with hypercalciuria, is also localized in the distal tubule of the(More)
Recent genetic analysis has identified a pivotal role of primary cilia in the pathogenesis of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). However, little is known regarding how cilia loss/dysfunction contributes to cyst development. In epithelial cells, changes in apical fluid flow induce cilia-mediated Ca2+ entry via polycystin-2 (PC2), a cation channel. The Oak(More)
The patch-clamp technique was used to investigate the effect of intracellular Mg2+ (Mgi2+) on the conductance of the large-conductance, Ca(2+)-activated K+ channel in cultured rat skeletal muscle. Measurements of single-channel current amplitudes indicated that Mgi2+ decreased the K+ currents in a concentration-dependent manner. Increasing Mgi2+ from 0 to(More)
Single channel currents were recorded with microsecond time resolution from large-conductance calcium-activated K+ channels to examine the details of the opening and closings transitions. Analysis of averaged closing transitions indicated that the initial average conductance step for closing was to the 90-95% closed channel current level. Averaged brief(More)
The Na+/Ca2+ exchangers, RNCX and SNCX, were cloned from mesangial cells of salt sensitive and salt resistant Dahl/Rapp rats, respectively, and differ at amino acid 218 (RNCXi/SNCXf) and in the exons expressed at the alternative splice site (RNCXB, D/SNCXB, D, F). These isoforms are also expressed in myocytes, neurons, and astrocytes where they maintain(More)
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