Calcium channel auxiliary α2δ and β subunits: Trafficking and one step beyond

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Abstract

The voltage-gated calcium channel alpha(2)delta and beta subunits are traditionally considered to be auxiliary subunits that enhance channel trafficking, increase the expression of functional calcium channels at the plasma membrane and influence the channels' biophysical properties. Accumulating evidence indicates that these subunits may also have roles in the nervous system that are not directly linked to calcium channel function. For example, beta subunits may act as transcriptional regulators, and certain alpha(2)delta subunits may function in synaptogenesis. The aim of this Review is to examine both the classic and novel roles for these auxiliary subunits in voltage-gated calcium channel function and beyond.

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  • Annette C. Dolphin

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