The cGMP-gated cation channel is a member of a new family of channel proteins that appear to be directly regulated by cyclic nucleotides. A protein with a subunit molecular mass of 78 kDa that exhibits cGMP-gated calcium flux when reconstituted into phospholipid-containing vesicles has been purified using 8-bromo-cGMP-agarose affinity chromatography. This channel activity is sensitive to the inhibitor l-cis-diltiazem. Treatment of the reconstituted channel with trypsin abolishes the l-cis-diltiazem sensitivity. Apparent endogenous proteolysis can also result in smaller molecular weight polypeptides that exhibit cGMP-gated channel activity but are insensitive to l-cis-diltiazem. These results show that the channel can bind cGMP and that it contains a l-cis-diltiazem inhibitory domain that is distinct from the cGMP-binding domain.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology