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Biochim Biophys Acta. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2012 November 16.
Published in final edited form as:
PMCID: PMC3500379
CAMSID: CAMS2379

Control of alternative pre-mRNA splicing by Ca++ signals

Abstract

Alternative pre-mRNA splicing is a common way of gene expression regulation in metazoans. The selective use of specific exons can be modulated in response to various manipulations that alter Ca++ signals, particularly in neurons. A number of splicing factors have also been found to be controlled by Ca++ signals. Moreover, pre-mRNA elements have been identified that are essential and sufficient to mediate Ca++-regulated splicing, providing model systems for dissecting the involved molecular components. In neurons, this regulation likely contributes to the fine-tuning of neuronal properties.

Keywords: Alternative splicing, Ca++ signal, Pre-mRNA element, Splicing factor, Gene expression, Neuron, Brain, Ion channel, Neurodegenerative disease, Protein diversity, Fine-tuning