PubMed 20060884

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Automatically associated channels: KCNQ4 , Kv7.4

Title: Property of I(K,)(n) in inner hair cells isolated from guinea-pig cochlea.

Authors: Takashi Kimitsuki, Noritaka Komune, Teppei Noda, Kazutaka Takaiwa, Mitsuru Ohashi, Shizuo Komune

Journal, date & volume: Hear. Res., 2010 Mar , 261, 57-62

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One of the potassium currents, I(K,)(n), is already activated at the resting potential of the cell and thus determines the membrane potential. KCNQ4 channel has been identified as the molecular correlate of I(K,)(n). In the present study, we measured I(K,)(n) in acutely isolated IHCs of guinea-pig cochlea using the whole-cell voltage-clamp techniques, and investigated the properties of the currents. I(K,)(n) was 70% activated around the resting potential of -60 mV and deactivated on hyperpolarization. I(K,)(n) was blocked by the KCNQ-channel blockers, linopirdine (100 microM) and XE991 (10 microM), but was insensitive to both I(K,f) blocker, tetraethylammonium (TEA), and I(K,s) blocker, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). There was no significant difference in the size of I(K,)(n) between the apical and basal turn IHCs.