Aliases for CACNA1G Gene
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Previous GeneCards Identifiers for CACNA1G Gene
Voltage-sensitive calcium channels mediate the entry of calcium ions into excitable cells, and are also involved in a variety of calcium-dependent processes, including muscle contraction, hormone or neurotransmitter release, gene expression, cell motility, cell division, and cell death. This gene encodes a T-type, low-voltage activated calcium channel. The T-type channels generate currents that are both transient, owing to fast inactivation, and tiny, owing to small conductance. T-type channels are thought to be involved in pacemaker activity, low-threshold calcium spikes, neuronal oscillations and resonance, and rebound burst firing. Many alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been described for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Sep 2011]
GeneCards Summary for CACNA1G Gene
CACNA1G (Calcium Channel, Voltage-Dependent, T Type, Alpha 1G Subunit) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with CACNA1G include colorectal cancer. Among its related pathways are MAPK signaling pathway and L1CAM interactions. GO annotations related to this gene include scaffold protein binding and low voltage-gated calcium channel activity. An important paralog of this gene is CACNA1D.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CACNA1G Gene
Voltage-sensitive calcium channels (VSCC) mediate the entry of calcium ions into excitable cells and are also involved in a variety of calcium-dependent processes, including muscle contraction, hormone or neurotransmitter release, gene expression, cell motility, cell division and cell death. The isoform alpha-1G gives rise to T-type calcium currents. T-type calcium channels belong to the "low-voltage activated (LVA)" group and are strongly blocked by mibefradil. A particularity of this type of channel is an opening at quite negative potentials and a voltage-dependent inactivation. T-type channels serve pacemaking functions in both central neurons and cardiac nodal cells and support calcium signaling in secretory cells and vascular smooth muscle. They may also be involved in the modulation of firing patterns of neurons which is important for information processing as well as in cell growth processes
Voltage-gated calcium channels (CaV) are present in the membrane of most excitable cells and mediate calcium influx in response to depolarisation. They regulate intracellular processes such as contraction, secretion, neurotransmission and gene expression. Voltage-gated calcium channels are formed from four or five distinct subunits; the alpha-subunit is the largest subunit and incorporates the voltage sensor, conduction pore and gating apparatus. Using pharmacological and electrophysiological techniques, at least 6 types of voltage-gated channels have been identified: L, N, P, Q, R and T, which are grouped into three families. Cav1.x are high-voltage-activated dihydropyridine-sensitive (L-type), Cav2.x are high-voltage-activated dihydropyridine-insensitive (N-, P- Q- and R-types) and Cav3.x are low-voltage-activated channels (T-type).