Refining the two-pore channel “interactome” using computational approaches.


Proteins rarely work in isolation and often form physical complexes that are critical for their activity. Defining these interactions is key to understanding biological function. This project focusses on the two-pore channel which is a recently identified intracellular ion channel which regulates cytosolic Ca2+ ion concentrations. The aim is to use computational approaches incorporating evolutionary information to define the TPC “interactome” and use molecular techniques to validate novel interactions. Coupling both “dry” and “wet” approaches will provide novel insight into a family of contemporary significance.

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Brailoiu, E., Churamani, D., Cai, X., Schrlau, M. G., Brailoiu, G. C., Gao, X., Hooper, R., Boulware, M. J., Dun, N. J., Marchant, J. S. and Patel, S. (2009) Essential requirement for two-pore channel 1 in NAADP-mediated calcium signaling. J.Cell Biol. 186, 201-209


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Biological Areas:

Cell Biology


Molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology