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We previously reported that expression of myotonic dystrophy (DM1) expanded CUG repeats impedes NGF-induced differentiation in a PC12 clone (CTG90 cells). Here, we present evidence for changes in the fractional contribution of distinct voltage-gated Ca2+ channels, key elements in neurotrophin-promoted differentiation, to the total Ca2+ current in the CTG90 cells. Patch-clamp recordings showed that the relative proportion of pharmacologically isolated Ca2+ channel types differed between control and CTG90 cells. Particularly, the functional expression of N-type channels was significantly reduced. Though quantitative real-time RT-PCR revealed that transcripts for the pore-forming subunit encoding the N-type channels remained unchanged, the protein level analyzed by semi-quantitative Western blotting was down-regulated in the CTG90 cells. These data suggest modifications in the processing of N-type Ca2+ channels in PC12 cells expressing the DM1 mutation. © 2007 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Andrade, A., de León, M. B., Hernández-Hernández, O., Cisneros, B., & Felix, R. (2007). Myotonic dystrophy CTG repeat expansion alters Ca2+ channel functional expression in PC12 cells. FEBS Letters, 581(23), 4430–4438. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.febslet.2007.08.020