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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 Oct;7(10):761-71.

Non-conducting functions of voltage-gated ion channels.

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Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA. Leonard.Kaczmarek@yale.edu

Abstract

Various studies, mostly in the past 5 years, have demonstrated that, in addition to their well-described function in regulating electrical excitability, voltage-dependent ion channels participate in intracellular signalling pathways. Channels can directly activate enzymes linked to cellular signalling pathways, serve as cell adhesion molecules or components of the cytoskeleton, and their activity can alter the expression of specific genes. Here, I review these findings and discuss the extent to which the molecular mechanisms of such signalling are understood.

PMID:
16988652
DOI:
10.1038/nrn1988
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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