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The CAR that drives Ca2+ to Orai1

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Sci. Signal.  08 Mar 2016:
Vol. 9, Issue 418, pp. fs5
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aaf1941

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Abstract

How Ca2+ permeates the Orai1 channel and the mechanism by which the channel achieves high Ca2+ selectivity remain critical questions in understanding store-operated Ca2+ influx. In research published in Science Signaling, Frischauf et al. identified a Ca2+-accumulating region (CAR) in the extracellular opening of Orai1, which explains how concentrating Ca2+ at the mouth of Orai1 facilitates channel permeation and contributes to selectivity.

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