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Human Kv1.6 current displays a C-type-like inactivation when re-expressed in cos-7 cells.

G Guihard, C Bellocq, E Grelet, D Escande

Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 2003 Nov 7 , 311, 83-9

The human Kv1.6K(+) channel was functionally re-expressed in COS-7 cells at different levels. Voltage-activated K(+) currents are recorded upon cell membrane depolarization independently of the level of Kv1.6 expression. The current acquires a fast inactivation when Kv1.6 expression is increased. Inactivation was not affected by divalent cations or by extracellular tetraethylammonium. We have characterized the inactivation properties in biophysical terms. The fraction of inactivated current and the kinetics of inactivation are increased as the cell becomes more depolarized. Inactivated current can be reactivated according to a bi-exponential function of time. Additional experiments indicate that Kv1.6 inactivation properties are close to those of a conventional C-type inactivation. This work suggests that the concentration of Kv1.6 channel in the cell membrane strongly modulates the kinetic properties of Kv1.6-induced K(+) current. The physiological implications of these modifications are discussed.