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A dominant connexin43 mutant does not have dominant effects on gap junction coupling in astrocytes

  • Sameh Wasseff (a1), Charles K. Abrams (a2) (a3) and Steven S. Scherer (a1)


Dominant mutations in GJA1, the gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43), cause oculodentodigital dysplasia (ODDD), a syndrome affecting multiple tissues, including the central nervous system (CNS). We investigated the effects of the G60S mutant, which causes a similar, dominant phenotype in mice (Gja1Jrt/+). Astrocytes in acute brain slices from Gja1Jrt/+ mice transfer sulforhodamine-B comparably to that in their wild-type (WT) littermates. Further, astrocytes and cardiomyocytes cultured from Gja1Jrt/+ mice showed a comparable transfer of lucifer yellow to those from WT mice. In transfected cells, the G60S mutant formed gap junction (GJ) plaques but not functional channels. In co-transfected cells, the G60S mutant co-immunoprecipitated with WT Cx43, but did not diminish GJ coupling as measured by dual patch clamp. Thus, whereas G60S has dominant effects, it did not appreciably reduce GJ coupling.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Sameh Wasseff or Steven S. Scherer, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, 464 Stemmler Hall, 3450 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6077, USA emails:;


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A dominant connexin43 mutant does not have dominant effects on gap junction coupling in astrocytes

  • Sameh Wasseff (a1), Charles K. Abrams (a2) (a3) and Steven S. Scherer (a1)


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