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Modulation of the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv2.1 by the anti-tumor alkylphospholipid perifosine.

Mayra Delgado-Ramírez, Rita Morán-Zendejas, Iván A Aréchiga-Figueroa, Carmen Toro-Castillo, Juan F Ramírez-Martínez, Aldo A Rodríguez-Menchaca

Pharmacol Rep, 2016 Apr , 68, 457-61

The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of perifosine-a third generation alkylphospholipid analog with anti-tumor properties-on the activity of Kv2.1 channels.The whole-cell patch clamp technique was applied to follow the modulatory effect of perifosine on Kv2.1 channels expressed in HEK293 cells.Obtained data provide evidence that perifosine application decreases the whole cell Kv2.1 currents in a concentration-independent manner. Perifosine induces a hyperpolarizing shift in the voltage dependence of Kv2.1 channels inactivation without altering the voltage dependence of channels activation. The kinetics of Kv2.1 closed-state inactivation was accelerated by perifosine, with no significant effects on the recovery rate from inactivation.Taken together, these results show that perifosine modified the Kv2.1 inactivation gating resulting in a decrease of the current amplitude. These data will help to elucidate the mechanism of action of this promising anti-cancer drug on ion channels and their possible implications.