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Channels (Austin). 2012 Sep-Oct;6(5):333-43. doi: 10.4161/chan.21198. Epub 2012 Aug 10.

The roles of G proteins in the activation of TRPC4 and TRPC5 transient receptor potential channels.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


TRPC4 and TRPC5 channels are important regulators of electrical excitability in both gastrointestinal myocytes and neurons. Much is known regarding the assembly and function of these channels including TRPC1 as a homotetramer or a heteromultimer and the roles that their interacting proteins play in controlling these events. Further, they are one of the best-studied targets of G protein-coupled receptors and growth factors in general and Gαq protein coupled receptor or epidermal growth factor in particular. However, our understanding of the roles of Gαi/o proteins on TRPC4/5 channels is still rudimentary. We discuss potential roles for Gαi/o proteins in channel activation in addition to their known role in cellular signaling.

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