This gene encodes a member of the alpha-2/delta subunit family, a protein in the voltage-dependent calcium channel complex. Calcium channels mediate the influx of calcium ions into the cell upon membrane polarization and consist of a complex of alpha-1, alpha-2/delta, beta, and gamma subunits in a 1:1:1:1 ratio. Various versions of each of these subunits exist, either expressed from similar genes or the result of alternative splicing. Research on a highly similar protein in rabbit suggests the protein described in this record is cleaved into alpha-2 and delta subunits. Alternate transcriptional splice variants of this gene have been observed but have not been thoroughly characterized. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008] (from
Fu et al., Hangzhou, China. In Mol Med Report, Feb 2015
Furthermore, screening with a defined threshold identified 6 genes that were highly expressed in GBM, including AFF2, CACNA2D3 and ARPP21, while the 6 highly expressed genes in OD notably included CNTN2.
Cupples et al., Boston, United States. In Bmc Proc, 2013
The gene CACNA2D3, identified by both longitudinal and baseline approaches, had a stronger signal in the longitudinal analysis (p = 2.65 × 10(-7)) compared to that in the baseline analysis (p = 2.48 × 10(-5)).
Vaquero et al., Madrid, Spain. In Dis Markers, 2012
The rs1375515, located in an intronic region of the calcium channel gene CACNA2D3, showed strong associations with levels of mean corpuscular volume according to BMA test, and with levels of haemoglobin and ferritin according to decision trees.