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Different Kv2.1/Kv9.3 heteromer expression during brain and lung post-natal development in the rat.

M Coma, R Vicente, I Tsevi, M Grande, M M Tamkun, A Felipe

J. Physiol. Biochem., 2002 Dec , 58, 195-203

The Kv2.1/Kv9.3 heteromer generates an O2 sensitive potassium channel and induces a slow deactivation that has important consequences for brain and lung physiology. We examined the developmental regulation of Kv2.1 and Kv9.3 mRNAs in brain and lung. Both genes followed parallel expression patterns in brain, increasing progressively through post-natal life. In lung, however, the expression of the two genes followed opposite trends: Kv2.1 transcripts decreased, while Kv9.3 mRNA increased. The Kv9.3/Kv2.1 ratio shows that while in brain the expression of both genes followed a similar pattern, the relative abundance of Kv9.3 increased steadily through post-natal life in lung. Furthermore, there is selective regulation of gene expression during the suckling-weaning transition. Our results suggest that different Kv9.3/Kv2.1 ratios could have physiological implications in both organs during post-natal development, and that diet composition and selective tissue-specific insulin regulation modulate the expression of Kv2.1 and Kv9.3.