alpha-latrotoxin forms calcium-permeable membrane pores via interactions with latrophilin or neurexin.

In order to explore the mechanisms by which alpha-latrotoxin activates neurotransmitter release, we have characterized its effects by patch-clamp methods on cells heterologously expressing its receptors, latrophilin-1 or neurexin-Ialpha. Application of alpha-latrotoxin (1 nM) to cells expressing rat latrophilin or neurexin, but not mock-transfected cells… CONTINUE READING