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Modulation of KCNQ4 channel activity by changes in cell volume.

Charlotte Hougaard, Dan A Klaerke, Else K Hoffmann, Søren-Peter Olesen, Nanna K Jorgensen

Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 2004 Jan 28 , 1660, 1-6

KCNQ4 channels expressed in HEK 293 cells are sensitive to cell volume changes, being activated by swelling and inhibited by shrinkage, respectively. The KCNQ4 channels contribute significantly to the regulatory volume decrease (RVD) process following cell swelling. Under isoosmotic conditions, the KCNQ4 channel activity is modulated by protein kinases A and C, G protein activation, and a reduction in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration, but these signalling pathways are not responsible for the increased channel activity during cell swelling.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14757214