PubMed 24934157

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Automatically associated channels: Cav1.1

Title: The Cavβ1a subunit regulates gene expression and suppresses myogenin in muscle progenitor cells.

Authors: Jackson Taylor, Andrea Pereyra, Tan Zhang, María Laura Messi, Zhong-Min Wang, Claudia Hereñú, Pei-Fen Kuan, Osvaldo Delbono

Journal, date & volume: J. Cell Biol., 2014 Jun 23 , 205, 829-46

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Voltage-gated calcium channel (Cav) β subunits are auxiliary subunits to Cavs. Recent reports show Cavβ subunits may enter the nucleus and suggest a role in transcriptional regulation, but the physiological relevance of this localization remains unclear. We sought to define the nuclear function of Cavβ in muscle progenitor cells (MPCs). We found that Cavβ1a is expressed in proliferating MPCs, before expression of the calcium conducting subunit Cav1.1, and enters the nucleus. Loss of Cavβ1a expression impaired MPC expansion in vitro and in vivo and caused widespread changes in global gene expression, including up-regulation of myogenin. Additionally, we found that Cavβ1a localizes to the promoter region of a number of genes, preferentially at noncanonical (NC) E-box sites. Cavβ1a binds to a region of the Myog promoter containing an NC E-box, suggesting a mechanism for inhibition of myogenin gene expression. This work indicates that Cavβ1a acts as a Cav-independent regulator of gene expression in MPCs, and is required for their normal expansion during myogenic development.