ROCs and SOCs: What's in a name? Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • There is currently a great deal of interest in the relative contributions of external and internally sequestered Ca(2+) in various physiological responses. However, this field is losing clarity due to inattentive use of terms. In particular, the terms "receptor-operated channels" and "store-operated channels" (ROCs and SOCs, respectively) are becoming ambiguous through over-use. In this paper, we will first consider basic principles of channel gating in order to set the stage for defining criteria which can be used to distinguish precisely between different channel-related functions. We will then focus on recurring examples of adventurous use of terminology, or of blurring of the distinctions between channel types, and propose solutions to this quandary.

publication date

  • March 2007