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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2007 Mar;8(3):182-93.

Neuronal calcium sensor proteins: generating diversity in neuronal Ca2+ signalling.

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  • The Physiological Laboratory, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK. burgoyne@liv.ac.uk


In neurons, intracellular calcium signals have crucial roles in activating neurotransmitter release and in triggering alterations in neuronal function. Calmodulin has been widely studied as a Ca(2+) sensor that has several defined roles in neuronal Ca(2+) signalling, but members of the neuronal calcium sensor protein family have also begun to emerge as key components in a number of regulatory pathways and have increased the diversity of neuronal Ca(2+) signalling pathways. The differing properties of these proteins allow them to have discrete, non-redundant functions.

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