Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2013

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

First Advisor

Lee, Amy

First Committee Member

Harata, N. Charles

Second Committee Member

Frank, C. Andrew


Ca2+-binding proteins (CaBP) alter Ca2+ signals, triggering cellular processes such as gene transcription regulation in neurons. CaBP1/CD is a calmodulin (CaM)-like Ca2+ binding protein that may regulate neuronal functions through interactions with effectors such as voltage-gated Ca2+ (Cav) channels and inositol trisphosphate receptors (InsP3Rs). To gain insight into the potential cellular functions of CaBP1/CD, we analyzed the expression and localization of CaBP1/CD variants in mouse brain. Of the three CaBP1/CD splice variants that have been characterized (CaBP1-S, CaBP1-L, and caldendrin (CD)), CD was the major variant expressed in mouse brain by western blot and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. These results reflected the expression of CaBP1/CD since they were not reproduced in mice with targeted disruption of the gene encoding CaBP1/CD (CaBP1 knock-out). By immunoperoxidase labeling, CaBP1/CD was localized in multiple cell-types including pyramidal cells in the cerebral cortex and hippocampal CA3 neurons and inhibitory neurons in the cerebellum. In the cerebellum, CaBP1/CD was not detected in Purkinje neurons but strongly colocalized with voltage-sensitive Shaker-type potassium channel, Kv1.2, in the pinceau formation formed between basket cells and the Purkinje cell axon initial segment. We conclude that CaBP1/CD is expressed in a subset of principal neurons where it may regulate Ca2+ signaling and neuronal excitability.


vii, 38 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 34-38).


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