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Modulation of human Kv1.5 channel kinetics by N-cadherin.


Authors: Evgenia Koutsouki, Rebecca S Lam, Guiscard Seebohm, Oana N Ureche, Liviu Ureche, Ravshan Baltaev, Florian Lang

Journal, date & volume: Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 2007 Nov 9 , 363, 18-23

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17868645

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Abstract
Kv1.5 is expressed in multiple tissues including heart, brain, macrophages, as well as vascular, airway, and intestinal smooth muscle cells. Kv1.5 currents contribute to cardiac repolarization. In cardiac myocytes Kv1.5 colocalizes with N-cadherin. As Kv1.5 expression increases following establishment of cell-cell contacts and N-cadherin influences the activity of other ion channels, we explored whether N-cadherin participates in the regulation of Kv1.5 activity. To this end, we expressed Kv1.5 in Xenopus oocytes with or without additional expression of N-cadherin. Coexpression of N-cadherin was followed by a approximately 2- to 3-fold increase of Kv1.5 induced current. The effect of N-cadherin was not paralleled by significant alterations of Kv1.5 channel abundance within the oocyte cell membrane but resulted primarily from accelerated recovery from inactivation. In conclusion, N-cadherin modifies Kv1.5 channel activity and is thus a novel candidate signaling molecule participating in the regulation of a variety of functions including cardiac action potential and vascular tone.