Immunofluorescence-based assay to identify modulators of the number of plasma membrane KCa3.1 channels

Corina M. Balut, Yajuan Gao, Cliff Luke, Daniel C. Devor

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Background: Intermediate conductance Ca2+-dependent K + channels (KCa3.1) have been proposed as therapeutic targets for numerous diseases. We recently characterized the endocytic fate of these channels; leading to the possibility that this can be pharmacologically manipulated, thereby altering the number of channels (N) at the plasma membrane. Results & discussion: We demonstrate that plasma membrane-localized KCa3.1 can be rapidly (10 min) tagged with a fluorophore using a combination of a biotin ligase (BirA) acceptor peptide-tagged channel and an ER-localized BirA. Endocytosis of KCa3.1 was quantified using a 96-well plate format, demonstrating that the ubiquitin-activating enzyme E1 inhibitor UBEI-41, blocks the endocytosis of KCa3.1. Conclusion: We describe a novel method for identifying modulators of KCa endocytosis and demonstrate this can be used to modulate N at the plasma membrane. It is anticipated that altering N will provide novel therapeutic strategies for targeting these channels in disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-713
Number of pages7
JournalFuture medicinal chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010


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