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FEBS Lett. 1996 Apr 15;384(2):189-92.

A potential site of functional modulation by protein kinase A in the cardiac Ca2+ channel alpha 1C subunit.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel.


The well-characterized enhancement of the cardiac Ca2+ L-type current by protein kinase A (PKA) is not observed when the corresponding channel is expressed in Xenopus oocytes, possibly because it is fully phosphorylated in the basal state. However, the activity of the expressed channel is reduced by PKA inhibitors. Using this paradigm as an assay to search for PKA sites relevant to channel modulation, we have found that mutation of serine 1928 of the alpha 1C subunit to alanine abolishes the modulation of the expressed channel by PKA inhibitors. This effect was independent of the presence of the beta subunit. Phosphorylation of serine 1928 of alpha 1C may mediate the modulatory effect of PKA on the cardiac voltage-dependent ca2+ channel.

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