Jonathan H. Jaggar, Ph.D.

Jonathan H. Jaggar, Ph.D.

Maury Bronstein Professor
Department of Physiology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
894 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-1208
Office: 402 Nash Research Building
Email: Jonathan H. Jaggar


  • Ph.D. Institution: University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Research Interests

Arterial diameter, a primary determinant of systemic blood pressure, is regulated by the contractile state of smooth muscle cells in the arterial wall. One critical regulator of smooth muscle contractility is the intracellular calcium ion concentration. Smooth muscle cells control intracellular calcium concentration by regulating cellular influx, release, sequestration and extrusion. Since membrane potential regulates calcium entry in smooth muscle cells, ion channels that modulate membrane potential also change cellular contractility. Recent studies have discovered that local and global elevations in cytosolic calcium occur in smooth muscle cells. These different calcium signaling events not only regulate contractility, but may also regulate a number of other physiological functions. We are currently investigating sarcolemma ion channels that control membrane potential and calcium entry in arterial smooth muscle cells and the properties, physiological targets, and regulation of arterial diameter by different intracellullar calcium signals. Research in the laboratory involves a multi-faceted approach, studying events at molecular, cellular and intact artery levels. Techniques include patch clamp electrophysiology, rapid confocal calcium imaging, conventional calcium imaging, diameter measurement of pressurized arteries, and molecular biology.

Representative Publications

  • Hasan R, Leeson-Payne AT, Jaggar JH, Zhang X. Calmodulin is responsible for Ca(2+)-dependent regulation of TRPA1 Channels. Sci Rep. 2017 Mar 23;7:45098. doi: 10.1038/srep45098. PubMed PMID: 28332600; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5362816.
  • Kidd MW, Bulley S, Jaggar JH. Angiotensin II reduces the surface abundance of K(V) 1.5 channels in arterial myocytes to stimulate vasoconstriction. J Physiol. 2017 Mar 1;595(5):1607-1618. doi: 10.1113/JP272893. Epub 2017 Feb 5. PubMed PMID: 27958660; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5330887.
  • Samak G, Gangwar R, Meena AS, Rao RG, Shukla PK, Manda B, Narayanan D, Jaggar JH, Rao R. Calcium Channels and Oxidative Stress Mediate a Synergistic Disruption of Tight Junctions by Ethanol and Acetaldehyde in Caco-2 Cell Monolayers. Sci Rep. 2016 Dec 13;6:38899. doi: 10.1038/srep38899. PubMed PMID: 27958326; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5153649.
  • Bulley S, Jaggar JH. Now you see it, now you don't: the changing face of endothelin-1 signalling during vascular ontogenesis. J Physiol. 2016 Sep 1;594(17):4703-4. doi: 10.1113/JP272564. PubMed PMID: 27581564; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5009770.
  • Wang Q, Leo MD, Narayanan D, Kuruvilla KP, Jaggar JH. Local coupling of TRPC6 to ANO1/TMEM16A channels in smooth muscle cells amplifies vasoconstriction in cerebral arteries. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2016 Jun 1;310(11):C1001-9. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00092.2016. Epub 2016 May 4. PubMed PMID: 27147559; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4935199.
  • Bannister JP, Bulley S, Leo MD, Kidd MW, Jaggar JH. Rab25 influences functional Cav1.2 channel surface expression in arterial smooth muscle cells. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2016 Jun 1;310(11):C885-93. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00345.2015. Epub 2016 Apr 13. PubMed PMID: 27076616; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4935198.

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