Regulation of cardiac gap junctions by protein phosphatases

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  • Sufficient connexin-mediated intercellular coupling is critical to maintain gap junctional communication for proper cardiac function. Alterations in connexin phosphorylation state, particularly dephosphorylation of connexin 43 (Cx43), may impact cell coupling and conduction in disease states. Cx43 dephosphorylation may be carried out by protein phosphatase activity. Here, we present an overview of the key phosphatases known to interact with Cx43 or modulators of Cx43, as well as some possible therapeutic targets to regulate phosphatase activity in the heart.
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  • Hood AR; Ai X; Pogwizd SM
  • Start Page

  • 52
  • End Page

  • 57
  • Volume

  • 107