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PubMed 23613729


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Automatically associated channels: Cav1.2



Title: A promoter in the coding region of the calcium channel gene CACNA1C generates the transcription factor CCAT.

Authors: Natalia Gomez-Ospina, Georgia Panagiotakos, Thomas Portmann, Sergiu P Paşca, Dania Rabah, Agata Budzillo, Jean Pierre Kinet, Ricardo E Dolmetsch

Journal, date & volume: PLoS ONE, 2013 , 8, e60526

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23613729


Abstract
The C-terminus of the voltage-gated calcium channel Cav1.2 encodes a transcription factor, the calcium channel associated transcriptional regulator (CCAT), that regulates neurite extension and inhibits Cav1.2 expression. The mechanisms by which CCAT is generated in neurons and myocytes are poorly understood. Here we show that CCAT is produced by activation of a cryptic promoter in exon 46 of CACNA1C, the gene that encodes CaV1.2. Expression of CCAT is independent of Cav1.2 expression in neuroblastoma cells, in mice, and in human neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), providing strong evidence that CCAT is not generated by cleavage of CaV1.2. Analysis of the transcriptional start sites in CACNA1C and immune-blotting for channel proteins indicate that multiple proteins are generated from the 3' end of the CACNA1C gene. This study provides new insights into the regulation of CACNA1C, and provides an example of how exonic promoters contribute to the complexity of mammalian genomes.