Tissue- and cell-specific expression of a splice variant in the II-III cytoplasmic loop of Cacna1b.

Academic Article


  • Presynaptic CaV 2.2 (N-type) channels are fundamental for transmitter release across the nervous system. The gene encoding CaV 2.2 channels, Cacna1b, contains alternatively spliced exons that result in functionally distinct splice variants (e18a, e24a, e31a, and 37a/37b). Alternative splicing of the cassette exon 18a generates two mRNA transcripts (+e18a-Cacna1b and ∆e18a-Cacna1b). In this study, using novel mouse genetic models and in situ hybridization (BaseScope™), we confirmed that +e18a-Cacna1b splice variants are expressed in monoaminergic regions of the midbrain. We expanded these studies and identified +e18a-Cacna1b mRNA in deep cerebellar cells and spinal cord motor neurons. Furthermore, we determined that +e18a-Cacna1b is enriched in cholecystokinin-expressing interneurons. Our results provide key information to understand cell-specific functions of CaV 2.2 channels.
  • Authors

  • Bunda, Alexandra
  • LaCarubba, Brianna
  • Akiki, Marie
  • Andrade, Arturo
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2019
  • Published In

  • FEBS Open Bio  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Alternative Splicing
  • Animals
  • BaseScopeTM
  • Calcium Channels, N-Type
  • Central Nervous System
  • Cytoplasm
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Models, Genetic
  • Organ Specificity
  • RNA, Messenger
  • alternative splicing
  • calcium channels
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 1603
  • End Page

  • 1616
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 9