Synonyms: Calcium Voltage-Gated Channel Subunit Alpha1 E,Brain Calcium Channel II,CACNL1A6,CACH6,BII,Calcium Channel, Voltage-Dependent, R Type, Alpha 1E Subunit,Voltage-Dependent R-Type Calcium Channel Subunit Alpha-1E,Calcium Channel, L Type, Alpha-1 Polypeptide, Isoform 6,Calcium Voltage-Gated Channel Subunit Alpha1 Subunit E.
Background: Voltage-dependent calcium channels are multisubunit complexes consisting of alpha-1, alpha-2, beta, and delta subunits in a 1:1:1:1 ratio. These channels mediate the entry of calcium ions into excitable cells, and are also involved in a variety of calcium-dependent processes, including muscle contraction, hormone or neurotransmitter release, gene expression, cell motility, cell division and cell death. This gene encodes the alpha-1E subunit of the R-type calcium channels, which belong to the 'high-voltage activated' group that maybe involved in the modulation of firing patterns of neurons important for information processing. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been described for this gene.