Modulation of Kv4-encoded K+ currents in the mammalian myocardium by neuronal calcium sensor-1

Weinong Guo, Sacha A. Malin, David C. Johns, Andreas Jeromin, Jeanne M. Nerbonne

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Voltage-gated K+ channels are multimeric proteins, consisting of four pore-forming α-subunits alone or in association with accessory subunits. Recently, for example, it was shown that the accessory Ky channel interacting proteins form complexes with Kv4 α-subunits and modulate Kv4 channel activity. The experiments reported here demonstrate that the neuronal calcium sensor protein-1 (NCS-1), another member of the recoverin-neuronal calcium sensor superfamily, is expressed in adult mouse ventricles and that NCS-1 co-immunoprecipitates with Kv4.3 from (adult mouse) ventricular extracts. In addition, co-expression studies in HEK-293 cells reveal that NCS-1 increases membrane expression of Kv4 α-subunits and functional Kv4-encoded K+ current densities. Co-expression of NCS-1 also decreases the rate of inactivation of Kv4 α-subunit-encoded K+ currents. In contrast to the pronounced effects of Kv channel interacting proteins on Kv4 channel gating, however, NCS-1 co-expression does not measurably affect the voltage dependence of steady-state inactivation or the rate of recovery from inactivation of Kv4-encoded K+ currents. Taken together, these results suggest that NCS-1 is an accessory subunit of Kv4-encoded Ito,f channels that functions to regulate Ito,f density in the mammalian myocardium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26436-26443
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 19 2002


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