The role of voltage-gated calcium channels in pain and nociception

Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2006 Oct;17(5):555-64. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2006.09.002. Epub 2006 Sep 23.


The voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) are a large and functionally diverse group of ion channels found throughout the central nervous system (CNS) and the periphery. Neuronal functions include the control of neurotransmitter release and neuronal excitability in important pain pathways. In the current review we will give an overview of the data that has been generated in support of these channels performing a pivotal role in the pain pathway.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium / physiology*
  • Calcium Channels* / chemistry
  • Calcium Channels* / physiology
  • Humans
  • Ion Channel Gating / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Models, Biological
  • Nociceptors / physiology*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / metabolism*


  • Calcium Channels
  • Calcium