Alternative splicing: functional diversity among voltage-gated calcium channels and behavioral consequences.

Academic Article


  • Neuronal voltage-gated calcium channels generate rapid, transient intracellular calcium signals in response to membrane depolarization. Neuronal Ca(V) channels regulate a range of cellular functions and are implicated in a variety of neurological and psychiatric diseases including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Each mammalian Cacna1 gene has the potential to generate tens to thousands of Ca(V) channels by alternative pre-mRNA splicing, a process that adds fine granulation to the pool of Ca(V) channel structures and functions. The precise composition of Ca(V) channel splice isoform mRNAs expressed in each cell are controlled by cell-specific splicing factors. The activity of splicing factors are in turn regulated by molecules that encode various cellular features, including cell-type, activity, metabolic states, developmental state, and other factors. The cellular and behavioral consequences of individual sites of Ca(V) splice isoforms are being elucidated, as are the cell-specific splicing factors that control splice isoform selection. Altered patterns of alternative splicing of Ca(V) pre-mRNAs can alter behavior in subtle but measurable ways, with the potential to influence drug efficacy and disease severity. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Calcium channels.
  • Authors

  • Lipscombe, Diane
  • Andrade, Arturo
  • Allen, Summer E
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • July 2013
  • Keywords

  • Alternative Splicing
  • Animals
  • Calcium
  • Calcium Channels
  • Humans
  • Ion Channel Gating
  • Signal Transduction
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 1522
  • End Page

  • 1529
  • Volume

  • 1828
  • Issue

  • 7