PubMed 20226170

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Automatically associated channels: ClCa1 , ClCa2 , ClCa3 , ClCa4 , ClvC1 , ClvC2 , ClvC4

Title: Inward-rectifier chloride currents in Reissner's membrane epithelial cells.

Authors: Kyunghee X Kim, Daniel C Marcus

Journal, date & volume: , 2010 Mar 9 , ,

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Sensory transduction in the cochlea depends on regulated ion secretion and absorption. Results of whole-organ experiments suggested that Reissner's membrane may play a role in the control of luminal Cl(-). We tested for the presence of Cl(-) transport pathways in isolated mouse Reissner's membrane using whole-cell patch clamp recording and gene transcript analyses using RT-PCR. The current-voltage (I-V) relationship in the presence of symmetrical NMDG-Cl was strongly inward-rectifying at negative voltages, with a small outward current at positive voltages. The inward-rectifying component of the I-V curve had several properties similar to those of the ClC-2 Cl(-) channel. It was stimulated by extracellular acidity and inhibited by extracellular Cd2+, Zn2+ and intracellular ClC-2 antibody. Channel transcripts expressed include ClC-2, Slc26a7 and ClC-Ka, but not Cftr, ClC-1, ClCa1, ClCa2, ClCa3, ClCa4, Slc26a9, ClC-Kb, Best1, Best2, Best3 or the beta-subunit of ClC-K, barttin. ClC-2 is the only molecularly-identified channel present that is a strong inward rectifier. This study is the first report of conductive Cl(-) transport in epithelial cells of Reissner's membrane and is consistent with an important role in endolymph anion homeostasis.