PubMed 17883401

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.1

Title: Expression of functional Kir6.1 channels regulates glutamate release at CA3 synapses in generation of epileptic form of seizures.

Authors: Mangala M Soundarapandian, Di Wu, Xiaofen Zhong, Ronald S Petralia, Lisheng Peng, Weihong Tu, Youming Lu

Journal, date & volume: J. Neurochem., 2007 Dec , 103, 1982-8

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The Kir6.1 channels are a subtype of ATP-sensitive inwardly rectifying potassium (K(ATP)) channels that play an essential role in coupling the cell's metabolic events to electrical activity. In this study, we show that functional Kir6.1 channels are located at excitatory pre-synaptic terminals as a complex with type-1 Sulfonylurea receptors (SUR1) in the hippocampus. The mutant mice with deficiencies in expressing the Kir6.1 or the SUR1 gene are more vulnerable to generation of epileptic form of seizures, compared to wild-type controls. Whole-cell patch clamp recordings demonstrate that genetic deletion of the Kir6.1/SUR1 channels enhances glutamate release at CA3 synapses. Hence, expression of functional Kir6.1/SUR1 channels inhibits seizure responses and possibly acts via limiting excitatory glutamate release.