• CaV2.1

    Current–voltage relationships of CaV2.1: Patchliner compared to manual patch clamp.

    Hermann et al. (2013)

CaV2.1 | voltage-dependent, P/Q-type, alpha 1A subunit calcium channel

Calcium channels

L-Type (CaV1.1–CaV1.4), P/Q-Type (CaV2.1), N-Type (CaV2.2), R-Type (CaV2.3), T-Type (CaV3.1–CaV3.3)

Six transmembrane alpha helices (S1–S6), total of four homologous domains make up the tetrameric alpha subunit structure

One large alpha subunit forms a functional channel, accessory subunits ( α1, α2δ, β1-4, and γ) are crucial for robust expression, they functionally modulate the alpha subunit

CaV2.1: Background Information


CaV2.1, also known as brain calcium channel I, gives rise to P and/or Q-type calcium currents and is predominantly expressed in neuronal tissue. Localized to the presynaptic membrane of many types of neurons, CaV2.1 ion channels are involved in triggering neurotransmitter release via both, vesicle release and postsynaptic calcium entry.

Data Sheet:


Human Protein:
UniProt O00555


Function/ Application:
Pre-synaptic Ca2+ influx and neurotransmitter release in neurons, fast synaptic transmission

Migraine (FHM-1), ataxia (EA-2, SCA6), Benign paroxysmal torticollis of infancy, hemiplegia

β4 subunit CACNB4, α2δ subunits, calmodulin, CaBP1, VILIP, mint, CASK, Syntaxin, SNAP25

Kuratoxin, ω-agatoxin IIIA, ω-conotoxin MVIIC, ω-agatoxin-IVA, roscovitine

Patch Clamp: whole cell, room temperature

CaV channels often show a rundown phenomenon. Adequate intra- and extracellular solutions are essential for a good data quality.

Reviews and Links


2015 - Golgi anti-apoptotic proteins are highly conserved ion channels that affect apoptosis and cell migration

icon pap  Port-a-Patch and   icon vpp   Vesicle Prep Pro publication in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2015)

Carrara G., Saraiva N., Parsons M., Byrne B., Prole D.L., Taylor C.W., Smith G.L.

2013 - Establishment of a Secondary Screening Assay for P/Q-Type Calcium Channel Blockers

icon pl   Patchliner publication in Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening (2013)

Hermann D., Mezler M., Swensen A., Bruehl C., Obergrußberger A., Wicke K., Schoemaker H., Gross G., Draguhn A., Nimmrich V.


28.04.2020 | Webinar: Validation and optimization of automated patch clamp voltage-gated Ca2+ channel assays

icon pl   Patchliner Webinar

Date: April 28. 2020, 4:00 PM CET (10:00 AM EDT)

200605 blog image Patchliner Webinar Playback

Marc will outline the development, optimization and validation of a range of voltage-gated Ca2+ channel assays on the Patchliner automated patch clamp platform that were subsequently used in an 8 year drug discovery collaboration between Metrion Biosciences and a german pharma company.

Dr. Marc Rogers (Chief Scientific Officer, Metrion Biosciences)
Dr. András Horváth (Application Scientist, Nanion Technologies)

20.11.2018 | Webinar: The RELEVANCE of ion channel interplay – Voltage-activated channels in non-excitable cells

icon sp96   SyncroPatch 384PE (a predecessor model of SyncroPatch 384i),   icon pl   Patchliner,   icon pap   Port-a-Patch Webinar

Date: November 20. 2018, 4:00 PM CET (11:00 AM EDT)

181120 event image Relevance project Webinar

The Webinar focuses on the automated patch clamp assay development for the study of red blood cells in health and disease and the RELEVANCE project, an international consortium of 13 partners from academia, diagnostic labs, blood supply centers, and small companies that combines basic and translational research to improve prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches on red blood cell function in health and disease. To this end, Nanion contributes assays for the electrophysiological characterization of healthy and patient-derived red blood cells.

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