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potassium channel, subfamily V, member 1
Synonyms: Kv8.1 kcnv1 HNKA. Symbol: Kcnv1


KCNV1 encodes Kv8.1, a member of the potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily V. This protein is essentially present in the brain, and its role might be to inhibit the function of a particular class of outward rectifier potassium channel types.

In addition to the 4 alpha subunits (Kv1, Kv2, Kv3, Kv4) of voltage gated potassium channels [725], there is Kv8.1 [726].

KV8.1 is also known as KCNV1; HNKA; KCNB3; KV2.3.


The whole genomic structure of KCNV1, and 5Vexon and promoter sequence can be found in [727]. Analysis of the KCNV1 promoter revealed the essential elements for transcription. An alternative 3Vend of the transcript with preceding poly(A) addition signal was also detected. [727]

Kcnv1 : potassium channel, subfamily V, member 1

RGD ID Chromosome Position Species
621264 7 81012246-81018587 Rat
731336 15 44937830-44946480 Mouse
731335 8 110979233-110986959 Human


Acc No Sequence Length Source
NM_021697 NCBI
NM_026200 NCBI
NM_014379 NCBI


Accession Name Definition Evidence
GO:0016021 integral to membrane Penetrating at least one phospholipid bilayer of a membrane. May also refer to the state of being buried in the bilayer with no exposure outside the bilayer. When used to describe a protein, indicates that all or part of the peptide sequence is embedded in the membrane. IEA
GO:0005886 plasma membrane The membrane surrounding a cell that separates the cell from its external environment. It consists of a phospholipid bilayer and associated proteins. IEA
GO:0008076 voltage-gated potassium channel complex A protein complex that forms a transmembrane channel through which potassium ions may cross a cell membrane in response to changes in membrane potential. IEA
GO:0016020 membrane Double layer of lipid molecules that encloses all cells, and, in eukaryotes, many organelles; may be a single or double lipid bilayer; also includes associated proteins. IEA


Kv1, Kv2, Kv3 and Kv4 ion channel

The Kv8.1 (KCNV1) protein displays approximately 40% sequence identity with other K+ channel subunits. However, the KCNV1 subunit does not generate K+ channel activity in Xenopus oocytes, instead acting to suppress Kv2 and Kv3 channels. In COS cells, KCNV1 does not inhibit the Kv2.2 current when cotransfected with Kv2.2, but changes the kinetic properties of Kv2.2 [727]

Kv4.1 structure Following co-injection with Kv8.1cRNA, the amplitude and shape of the current elicited by Kv I.3, Kv1.5 and Kv4.1 subunits were hardly modified. Conversely, currents elicited by Kv2.1 and Kv3.4 subunits were totally abolished [727]

Abolishes Kv2.1 Kv2.2 and Kv3.4 Channels

At lower levels, Kv8.1 associates with Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 to form hybrid Kv8.1/Kv2 channels, which have new biophysical properties and more particularly modified properties of the inactivation process as compared with homopolymers of Kv2.1 or Kv2.2 channels. The same effects have been seen by coexpressing the Kv8.1 subunit and the Kv2.2 subunit in COSm6 cells. In these cells, Kv8.1 expressed alone remains in intracellular compartments, but it can reach the plasma membrane when it associates with Kv2.2, and it then also forms new types of Kv8.1/Kv2. 2 channels. Present results indicate that Kv8.1 when expressed at low concentrations acts as a modifier of Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 activity, while when expressed at high concentrations in oocytes it completely abolishes Kv2.1, Kv2.2, or Kv3.4 K+ channel activity [176]


We have also shown that a random mutagenesis approach based on PCR in Mn2+-containing buffer is useful for introducing mutations and determining important sequence elements in promoter analysis [727]




KCNV1 was previously reported to comprise three exons, but the present study demonstrated the existence of both a novel 5′ exon and the real promoter sequence in the upstream region of that exon [727]


Kv8.1 subunit is normally retained in cytoplasmic compartments. It requires coexpression with Kv2.2 to bring the subunit to the plasma membrane. [176]


Expression of Kv8.1 in Brain

Kv8.1 is essentially present in the brain where it is located mainly in layers I,IV and VI of the cerebral cortex, in hippocampus,in CA1-CA4 pyramidal cell layer as well in granule cells of the dentate gyrus, in the granule cell layer and in the Purkinje cell layer of the cerebellum [726]


The S6 segment of Kv8.1 is atypical and contains the structural elements that modify inactivation of Kv2 channels. [167]

Kv8.1 induces no inhibition of the Kv2.2 current in COS mammalian cell line but instead produces a drastic modification of the kinetic properties of Kv2.2 and particularly of its inactivation. The same effect can be seen on Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 currents in Xenopus oocytes expressing moderate levels of Kv8.1, while a total inhibition is seen with higher levels of Kv8.1. Therefore, depending on its level of expression, Kv8.1 can either modify the kinetics of the Kv2 channels or completely abolish their activity. Site-directed mutagenesis has been used to show that Kv8.1 effects on the Kv2 current are mediated by the presence of singular amino acids located in the S6 domain of the Kv8.1 subunit. [176]

KCNV1 is located on chromosome 8q23.3, the susceptibility region for benign adult familial myoclonic epilepsy (BAFME) [728], making this gene an interesting candidate for the disease.


Expression of Kv8. 1 subunit in Xenopus laevis oocytes

InjectionsofXenopusoocyteswiththeKv8.1cRNA were usedtotestiftheKv8.1 proteinisabletogiverisetoK+ currents. Following test pulses from -130 to +60 V, neither outward nor inward currents could be detected. Modification of the external pH as well as of external ionic concentrations, addition of oxidative (H202) or reducingagents(dithiothreitol)andactivationofdifferent protein kinases (kinase A, kinase C) were assayed to reveal an expression of K+ channels, but none of these treatmentsledtocurrentdetection.Also,attempts to detect K+currents from CHO and COS-7cells after transfection with a Kv8.1-expressing vector were unsuccessful [726]

Silent Current Kv8.1 interacts with Kv2.1 and Kv2.2

Kv1.1 structure The Kv8.1 subunit is unable to generate K+ channel activity in Xenopus oocytes or in COSm6 cells. The Kv8.1 subunit expressed at high levels acts as a specific suppressor of the activity of Kv2 and Kv3 channels in Xenopus oocytes. Kv2/Kv8.1 currents show significant changes compared with original Kv2.1 or Kv2.2 currents. Midpoints of activation display modest Kv8.1-induced shifts for Kv2.1 (+1.4 mV) and Kv2.2 (−4.7 mV) respectively, but the activation time constants (τact) are increased by approximately a factor of 1.5 for both currents in the presence of Kv8.1. The most spectacular effects are seen on inactivation. For both currents, the voltage dependence of the steady-state inactivation curves shows a −42 mV-shift [176]

Kv8.1 does not influence Kv3.4 kinetics

Kv1.1 structure The kinetics of the residual Kv3.4/Kv8.1 current are not different from those of the control Kv3.4 current (same E0.5(act), E0.5(inact), % inactivation) [176]



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