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Lee, R Y; Lobel, L; Hengartner, M; Horvitz, H R; Avery, L (1997). Mutations in the alpha1 subunit of an L-type voltage-activated Ca2+ channel cause myotonia in Caenorhabditis elegans. The EMBO Journal, 16(20):6066-6076.

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The control of excitable cell action potentials is central to animal behavior. We show that the egl-19 gene plays a pivotal role in regulating muscle excitation and contraction in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and encodes the alphal subunit of a homologue of vertebrate L-type voltage-activated Ca2+ channels. Semi-dominant, gain-of-function mutations in egl-19 cause myotonia: mutant muscle action potentials are prolonged and the relaxation delayed. Partial loss-of-function mutations cause slow muscle depolarization and feeble contraction. The most severe loss-of-function mutants lack muscle contraction and die as embryos. We localized two myotonic mutations in the sixth membrane-spanning domain of the first repeat (IS6) region, which has been shown to be responsible for voltage-dependent inactivation. A third myotonic mutation implicates IIIS4, a region involved in sensing plasma-membrane voltage change, in the inactivation process.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Date:15 October 1997
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:16
Publisher:European Molecular Biology Organization ; Nature Publishing Group
Publisher DOI:10.1093/emboj/16.20.6066
PubMed ID:9321386

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