Ca(2+)/calmodulin regulates Kvβ1.1-mediated inactivation of voltage-gated K(+) channels.

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A-type K(+) channels open on membrane depolarization and undergo subsequent rapid inactivation such that they are ideally suited for fine-tuning the electrical signaling in neurons and muscle cells. Channel inactivation mostly follows the so-called ball-and-chain mechanism, in which the N-terminal structures of either the K(+) channel's α or β subunits occlude the channel pore entry facing the cytosol. Inactivation of Kv1.1 and Kv1.4 channels induced by Kvβ1.1 subunits is profoundly decelerated in response to a rise in the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, thus making the affected channel complexes negative feedback regulators to limit neuronal overexcitation. With electrophysiological and biochemical experiments we show that the Ca(2+) dependence is gained by binding of calmodulin to the "chain" segment of Kvβ1.1 thereby compromising the mobility of the inactivation particle. Furthermore, inactivation regulation via Ca(2+)/calmodulin does not interfere with the β subunit's enzymatic activity as an NADPH-dependent oxidoreductase, thus rendering the Kvβ1.1 subunit a multifunctional receptor that integrates cytosolic signals to be transduced to altered electrical cellular activity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swain, SM; Sahoo, N; Dennhardt, S; Schönherr, R; Heinemann, SH

Published Date

  • October 21, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 /

Start / End Page

  • 15509 -

PubMed ID

  • 26487174

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4614385

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2045-2322

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/srep15509


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England