PubMed 17567799

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Automatically associated channels: Kir3.2

Title: Coregulation of natively expressed pertussis toxin-sensitive muscarinic receptors with G-protein-activated potassium channels.

Authors: Sinead M Clancy, Stephanie B Boyer, Paul A Slesinger

Journal, date & volume: J. Neurosci., 2007 Jun 13 , 27, 6388-99

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Many inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain activate Kir3 channels by stimulating pertussis toxin (PTX)-sensitive G-protein-coupled receptors. Here, we investigated the regulation of native muscarinic receptors and Kir3 channels expressed in NGF-differentiated PC12 cells, which are similar to sympathetic neurons. Quantitative reverse transcription-PCR and immunocytochemistry revealed that NGF treatment significantly upregulated mRNA and protein for m2 muscarinic receptors, PTX-sensitive G alpha(o) G-proteins, and Kir3.2c channels. Surprisingly, these upregulated muscarinic receptor/Kir3 signaling complexes were functionally silent. Ectopic expression of m2 muscarinic receptors or Kir3.2c channels was unable to produce muscarinic receptor-activated Kir3 currents with oxotremorine. Remarkably, pretreatment with muscarinic (m2/m4) receptor antagonists resulted in robust oxotremorine-activated Kir3 currents. Thus, sustained cholinergic stimulation of natively expressed m2/m4 muscarinic receptors controlled cell surface expression and functional coupling of both receptors and Kir3 channels. This new pathway for controlling Kir3 signaling could help limit the potential harmful effects of excessive Kir3 activity in the brain.