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2013

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Conserved Extracellular Cysteines Differentially Regulate The Potentiation Produced By Zn2+ In Rat P2x4 Receptors, Chao-Ying Li, Ke-Ming Xiong, Yu-Xiang Wu, Yu-Wei Liu, Lin Chen, Randall B. Stewart, Robert Peoples, Chu-Li Yi May 2013

Conserved Extracellular Cysteines Differentially Regulate The Potentiation Produced By Zn2+ In Rat P2x4 Receptors, Chao-Ying Li, Ke-Ming Xiong, Yu-Xiang Wu, Yu-Wei Liu, Lin Chen, Randall B. Stewart, Robert Peoples, Chu-Li Yi

Biomedical Sciences Faculty Research and Publications

One feature of the amino acid sequence of P2X receptors identified from mammalian species, Xenopus laevis and zebrafish is the conservation of ten cysteines in the extracellular loop. Little information is available about the role of these conserved ectodomain cysteines in the function of P2X receptors. Here, we investigated the possibility that ten conserved cysteine residues in the extracellular loop of the rat P2X4 receptor may regulate zinc potentiation of the receptor using a series of individual cysteine to alanine point mutations and functional characterization of recombinant receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes. For the C116A, C132A, C159A, C165A, C217A and ...