The Minor Lab merges structural, biochemical, genetic, and electrophysiological methods to dissect the mechanisms of action of ion channels, the complex protein machines that generate electrical signals in the heart, brain, and sensory systems.
Our research spans a range of eukaryotic membrane proteins important for brain and heart function including voltage-gated calcium channels and K2P channels, as well as bacterial ion channels such as BacNaVs (bacterial voltage-gated sodium channels). One of the BacNaVs we study, NaVAe, comes from an organism living in Mono Lake, California (top image on this page). The insights into human ion channel function derived from such studies underlines the deep importance of evolutionary connections among all forms of life that underpin modern biological science.
Research at UC San Francisco Connects Mono Lake, Evolution, and Cardiovascular Health by Julia Frankenback Dec 8, 2013
UCSF Research Connects Mono Lake, Evolution, and Cardiovascular Health by Clarice Estrada Dec 11, 2013
Daniel L. Minor, Jr., Ph.D.Professor
University of California San Francisco,
Cardiovascular Research Institute
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Faculty Scientist, Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Imaging Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley
The Minor lab is located in the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in San Francisco. If you are interested in joining us, please see here.
K2P2.1(TREK-1):activator complexes reveal a cryptic selectivity filter binding site. Lolicato, M., Arrigoni, C., Mori, T., Sekioka, Y., Bryant, C., Clark, K.A., Minor, D.L., Jr., Nature (2017)
Stapled voltage-gated calcium channel (CaV) α-Interaction Domain (AID) peptides act as selective protein-protein interaction inhibitors of CaV Function. Findeisen, F., Campiglio, M., Jo, H., Abderemane-Ali, F., Rumpf, C.H., Pope, L., Rossen, N.D., Flucher, B.E., DeGrado, W.F., and Minor D.L., Jr., ACS Chemical Neuroscience 8 1313−1326 (2017)
Unfolding of a temperature-sensitive domain controls voltage-gated channel activation. Arrigoni, C., Rohaim, A., Shaya, D., Findeisen ,F., Stein, R.A. Nurva, S.R., Mishra, S., Mchaourab, H.S., and Minor, D.L., Jr., Cell 164 922-936 (2016) PMID: 26919429 PMCID:PMC4769381
Bacterial voltage-gated sodium channels (BacNaVs) from the soil, sea, and salt lakes enlighten molecular mechanisms of electrical signaling and pharmacology in the brain and heart. Payandeh, J. and Minor, D.L. Jr., Journal of Molecular Biology 427 3-30 (2015) PMID: 25158094 PMCID: PMC4277928