A cGMP-gated cation channel and phototransduction in depolarizing photoreceptors of the lizard parietal eye

John T. Finn, Wei Hong Xiong, Eduardo C. Solessio, King-Wai Yau

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Abstract

Photoreceptors of the lizard parietal eye, unlike rods and cones but like most invertebrate photoreceptors, respond to light under dark-adapted conditions with a depolarization. Using excised-patch recordings: we have nonetheless found a cGMP-gated, non-selective cation channel present at high density at the presumptive light-sensitive part (the outer segment) of these cells. This channel resembles the rod cGMP-gated channel in its activation characteristics, and by showing a relative non-selectivity among alkali monovalent cations, a high permeability to Ca2+, a high sensitivity to L-cis-diltiazem, as well as a negative modulation by Ca2+-calmodulin. This channel appears to mediate phototransduction by opening in the light to produce the depolarizing response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1353-1357
Number of pages5
JournalVision Research
Volume38
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1998

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Light Signal Transduction
Lizards
Cations
Light
Invertebrate Photoreceptor Cells
Monovalent Cations
Vertebrate Photoreceptor Cells
Diltiazem
Alkalies
Calmodulin
Permeability

Keywords

  • cGMP
  • cGMP-gated channel
  • Parietal eye
  • Photoreceptor
  • Phototransduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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A cGMP-gated cation channel and phototransduction in depolarizing photoreceptors of the lizard parietal eye. / Finn, John T.; Xiong, Wei Hong; Solessio, Eduardo C.; Yau, King-Wai.

In: Vision Research, Vol. 38, No. 10, 05.1998, p. 1353-1357.

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Finn, John T. ; Xiong, Wei Hong ; Solessio, Eduardo C. ; Yau, King-Wai. / A cGMP-gated cation channel and phototransduction in depolarizing photoreceptors of the lizard parietal eye. In: Vision Research. 1998 ; Vol. 38, No. 10. pp. 1353-1357.
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