The plasma membrane Ca2+ pump is a calmodulin-regulated P-type ATPase that is an essential element in controlling intracellular Ca2+ concentration. Studies on the gene structure of this pump have revealed an alternate splice option that changes the structure of the calmodulin-binding domain. This change in the structure of the enzyme results in a reduced calmodulin affinity. Tests of the enzyme's activity in the presence of a high calmodulin concentration, approximating that found inside living cells, show that this reduced calmodulin affinity causes a reduced apparent affinity of the enzyme for Ca2+. This shift in the Ca2+ activation occurs in a Ca2+ concentration range crucial to cellular function and is probably the physiologically important consequence of the alternate splice.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology