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Am J Physiol. 1997 Dec;273(6 Pt 1):E1140-8.

Expression of a single gene produces both forms of skeletal muscle cyclic nucleotide-gated channels.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.


Cyclic nucleotide-gated cation channels in skeletal muscle are responsible for insulin-activated sodium entry into this tissue (J. E. M. McGeoch and G. Guidotti. J. Biol. Chem. 267: 832-841, 1992). These channels have previously been isolated from rabbit skeletal muscle by 8-bromoguanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (8-BrcGMP) affinity chromatography, which separates them into two populations differing in nucleotide affinity [L. C. Santy and G. Guidotti. Am. J. Physiol. 271 (Endocrinol. Metab. 34): E1051-E1060, 1996]. In this study, a polymerase chain reaction approach was used to identify skeletal muscle cyclic nucleotide-gated channel cDNAs. Rabbit skeletal muscle expresses the same cyclic nucleotide-gated channel as rabbit aorta (M. Biel, W. Altenhofen, R. Hullin, J. Ludwig, M. Freichel, V. Flockerzi, N. Dascal, U. B. Kaupp, and F. Hofmann. FEBS Lett. 329: 134-138, 1993). The entire cDNA for this gene was cloned from rabbit skeletal muscle and an antiserum to this protein produced. Expression of this cDNA produces a 63-kDa protein with cyclic nucleotide-gated channel activity. A similarly sized immunoreactive protein is present in sarcolemma. Purification of the expressed channels reveals that this single gene produces both native skeletal muscle channel populations.

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