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Judith Pachuau, De-Pei Li, Shao-Rui Chen, Hae-Ahm Lee and Hui-Lin Pan Protein kinase CK2 contributes to diminished small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel activity of hypothalamic pre-sympathetic neurons in hypertension Journal of Neurochemistry 130

Version of Record online: 24 MAY 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/jnc.12758

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Small conductance calcium-activated K+ (SK) channels, calmodulin, and protein kinase CK2 form a molecular complex and regulate neuronal excitability. Our study suggests that augmented CK2 activity in hypertension can increase calmodulin (CaM) phosphorylation, which leads to diminished SK channel function in pre-sympathetic neurons. Diminished SK channel activity plays a role in hyperactivity of pre-sympathetic neurons in the hypothalamus in hypertension.

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