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J Neurophysiol. 2007 Feb;97(2):1280-7. Epub 2006 Sep 27.

Motor deficits in homozygous and heterozygous p/q-type calcium channel mutants.

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  • 1Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University, 299 W. Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-5125, USA.

Abstract

P/Q-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCs) are highly expressed in the cerebellum, and mutations of these channels are associated with disrupted motor function. Several allelic variants of the alpha1A pore-forming subunit of P/Q-type VDCCs have been described, and mice homozygous for these mutations exhibit gait ataxia, as do alpha1A knockout mice. Here we report that heterozygous alpha1A mutants also have a motor phenotype. Mice heterozygous for the leaner and alpha1A knockout mutations exhibit impaired motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), suggesting that subtle disruption of P/Q Ca(2+) currents is sufficient to disrupt motor function. Basal VOR and optokinetic reflex performance were normal in the heterozygotes but severely impaired in the leaner and alpha1A knockout homozygotes.

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