PubMed 23159773

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Automatically associated channels: Cav1.2 , Cav1.3 , Slo1

Title: Cav1.3 and Cav1.2 channels of adrenal chromaffin cells: emerging views on cAMP/cGMP-mediated phosphorylation and role in pacemaking.

Authors: D H F Vandael, S Mahapatra, C Calorio, A Marcantoni, E Carbone

Journal, date & volume: Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 2013 Jul , 1828, 1608-18

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Voltage-gated Ca²⁺ channels (VGCCs) are voltage sensors that convert membrane depolarizations into Ca²⁺ signals. In the chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla, the Ca²⁺ signals driven by VGCCs regulate catecholamine secretion, vesicle retrievals, action potential shape and firing frequency. Among the VGCC-types expressed in these cells (N-, L-, P/Q-, R- and T-types), the two L-type isoforms, Ca(v)1.2 and Ca(v)1.3, control key activities due to their particular activation-inactivation gating and high-density of expression in rodents and humans. The two isoforms are also effectively modulated by G protein-coupled receptor pathways delimited in membrane micro-domains and by the cAMP/PKA and NO/cGMP/PKG phosphorylation pathways which induce prominent Ca²⁺ current changes if opposingly regulated. The two L-type isoforms shape the action potential and directly participate to vesicle exocytosis and endocytosis. The low-threshold of activation and slow rate of inactivation of Ca(v)1.3 confer to this channel the unique property of carrying sufficient inward current at subthreshold potentials able to activate BK and SK channels which set the resting potential, the action potential shape, the cell firing mode and the degree of spike frequency adaptation during spontaneous firing or sustained depolarizations. These properties help chromaffin cells to optimally adapt when switching from normal to stress-mimicking conditions. Here, we will review past and recent findings on cAMP- and cGMP-mediated modulations of Ca(v)1.2 and Ca(v)1.3 and the role that these channels play in the control of chromaffin cell firing. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Calcium channels.