Presynaptic Calcium Influx

Science's STKE  26 Mar 2002:
Vol. 2002, Issue 125, pp. tw122
DOI: 10.1126/stke.2002.125.tw122

Neurotransmitter release is triggered by calcium influx through presynaptic voltage-dependent calcium channels. Modulation of presynaptic calcium currents causes a robust alteration in synaptic efficacy. Tsujimoto et al. investigated activity-dependent facilitation of P/Q-type calcium currents at the giant nerve terminals of the calyx of Held and found that calcium current up-regulation is mediated by the calcium-binding protein NCS-1, a homolog of the Drosophila frequenin protein.

T. Tsujimoto, A. Jeromin, N. Saitoh, J. C. Roder, T. Takahashi, Neuronal calcium sensor 1 and activity-dependent facilitation of P/Q-type calcium current at presynaptic nerve terminals. Science 295: 2276-2279 (2002). [Abstract] [Full Text]