Description: calcium channel, voltage-dependent, N type, alpha 1B subunit
Gene: Cacna1b     Synonyms: ca2.2, BIII, CACNN, Cav2.2, CACNL1A5, CACNA1B

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The N-type calcium channels, also known as a1B or Cav2.2, are high voltage activated (HCA) calcium channels found presynaptically. For a longer introduction, see page 502 in the review [477]. See also the Channelpedia entry for Cav2.1, as this subunit is similar in many respects.



GeneID: 257648 Cacna1b calcium channel, voltage-dependent, N type, alpha 1B subunit [ Rattus norvegicus ]

RGD ID Chromosome Position Species
628852 3 2842948-3039747 Rat
735793 2 24461895-24618672 Mouse
1347795 9 140772241-141019076 Human

Cacna1b : calcium channel, voltage-dependent, N type, alpha 1B subunit



Acc No Sequence Length Source
NM_001195199 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_147141 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_007579 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_001042528 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_000718 n/A n/A NCBI



Accession Name Definition Evidence
GO:0043198 dendritic shaft Cylindric portion of the dendrite, directly stemming from the perikaryon, and carrying the dendritic spines. IDA
GO:0005886 plasma membrane The membrane surrounding a cell that separates the cell from its external environment. It consists of a phospholipid bilayer and associated proteins. IDA
GO:0043025 neuronal cell body The portion of a neuron that includes the nucleus, but excludes all cell projections such as axons and dendrites. IDA
GO:0043679 axon terminus Terminal inflated portion of the axon, containing the specialized apparatus necessary to release neurotransmitters. The axon terminus is considered to be the whole region of thickening and the terminal button is a specialized region of it. IDA
GO:0005891 voltage-gated calcium channel complex A protein complex that forms a transmembrane channel through which calcium ions may pass in response to changes in membrane potential. IEA
GO:0016021 integral to membrane Penetrating at least one phospholipid bilayer of a membrane. May also refer to the state of being buried in the bilayer with no exposure outside the bilayer. When used to describe a protein, indicates that all or part of the peptide sequence is embedded in the membrane. IEA
GO:0019717 synaptosome Any of the discrete particles (nerve-ending particles) formed from the clublike presynaptic nerve endings that resist disruption and are snapped or torn off their attachments when brain tissue is homogenized in media isosmotic to plasma. IDA
GO:0016020 membrane Double layer of lipid molecules that encloses all cells, and, in eukaryotes, many organelles; may be a single or double lipid bilayer; also includes associated proteins. IEA

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G proteins

See figure 10 in [94] for the mechanism of G protein modulation in calcium channels and the effect of palmitoylation on the interaction of Cav-beta subunits with the I–II linker.

Neurokinin 1 Receptor

Unlike R-type channels encoded by CaV2.3, L-type (CaV1.3), N- type (CaV2.2), and P/Q-type (CaV2.1) channels are inhibited, but not stimulated, through Neurokinin 1 receptors. [89]

Beta 3 Subunit

Overexpressed beta 3 subunit (12.5 ng/cell cRNA) significantly suppressed N- and R-type, but not L-type calcium channel currents at holding potentials of 60 and 80 mV.[92]


Roscovitine, a potent inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 1, 2, and 5, slows the deactivation of P/Q (Cav2.1) and N-type (Cav2.2) calcium channels. [93]

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The Cav2.2 subunit consists of four homologous domains (I–IV), each consisting of six trans- membrane (TM) segments. The domains are linked by intracellular loops and have intracellular N and C termini. (see Fig. 1A) in [88]

See also figure 7 in [90] for a structural connection between Cav2.1 and Cav2.2.




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Cav2.2 can be found in retinal ganglion cells. [259]

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Cav2.2 control the excitability in retinal ganglion cells and thus are crucial for the development of the visual system. [250]

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The most detailed model can be found in [250]. It is from hippocampal mossy fiber boutons.

For a Hodgkin Huxley rate equation for the Ca2.2 (= N-type) current, see [260].

Model CaN (ID=6)       Edit

CellType RGC
Age 34 Days
Reversal 135.0 mV
Ion Ca +
Ligand ion
Reference [259] S J Huang et. al; Neuroscience 1998 Jul
mpower 2.0
m Alpha (0.1*(v-20)/(1-exp(-(v-20)/10))) If v neq 20
m Beta 0.4*exp(-(v+25)/18)
hpower 1.0
h Alpha 0.01*exp(-(v+50)/10)
h Beta 0.1/(1+exp(-(v+17)/17))

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Helton TD et al. Neuronal L-type calcium channels open quickly and are inhibited slowly.
J. Neurosci., 2005 Nov 2 , 25 (10247-51).


Benison G et al. Modeling temporal behavior of postnatal cat retinal ganglion cells.
J. Theor. Biol., 2001 May 21 , 210 (187-99).


Catterall WA Structure and regulation of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels.
Annu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol., 2000 , 16 (521-55).


Black JL The voltage-gated calcium channel gamma subunits: a review of the literature.
J. Bioenerg. Biomembr., 2003 Dec , 35 (649-60).


Mintz IM et al. Block of calcium channels in rat neurons by synthetic omega-Aga-IVA.
Neuropharmacology, 1993 Nov , 32 (1161-9).



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