A lethal mutation in mice eliminates the slow calcium current in skeletal muscle cells

Contraction of a vertebrate skeletal muscle fibre is triggered by electrical depolarization of sarcolemmal infoldings termed transverse-tubules (t-tubules), which in turn causes the release of calcium from an internal store, the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR)1,2. The mechanism that links t-tubular depolarization to SR calcium release remains poorly understood… CONTINUE READING