PubMed 16307742

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Automatically associated channels: Cav1.2 , Cav2.3

Title: Identification of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels in sea urchin sperm.

Authors: G Granados-Gonzalez, I Mendoza-Lujambio, E Rodriguez, B E Galindo, C Beltrán, A Darszon

Journal, date & volume: FEBS Lett., 2005 Dec 5 , 579, 6667-72

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Functional evidence indicates that voltage-dependent Ca2+ (Cav) channels participate in sea urchin sperm motility and the acrosome reaction (AR), however, their molecular identity remains unknown. We have identified transcripts for two Ca2+ channel alpha1 subunits in sea urchin testis similar in sequence to Cav1.2 and Cav2.3. Antibodies against rat Cav1.2 and Cav2.3 channels differentially label proteins in the flagella and acrosome of mature sea urchin sperm. The Cav channel antagonists nifedipine and nimodipine, which inhibit the AR, diminish the intracellular Ca2+ elevation induced by a K+-induced depolarization in valinomycin-treated sperm. These findings reveal that Cav1.2 and Cav2.3 channels could participate in motility and/or the AR in sea urchin sperm.