PubMed 20610380

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.2

Title: Ankyrin-B regulates Kir6.2 membrane expression and function in heart.

Authors: Jingdong Li, Crystal F Kline, Thomas J Hund, Mark E Anderson, Peter J Mohler

Journal, date & volume: , 2010 Jul 7 , ,

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Ankyrin polypeptides are critical for normal membrane protein expression in diverse cell types, including neurons, myocytes, epithelia, and erythrocytes. Ankyrin dysfunction results in defects in membrane expression of ankyrin-binding partners (including ion channels, transporters, and cell adhesion molecules), resulting in aberrant cellular function and disease. Here, we identify a new role for ankyrin-B in cardiac cell biology. We demonstrate that cardiac sarcolemmal K(ATP) channels directly associate with ankyrin-B in heart via the K(ATP) channel alpha-subunit Kir6.2. We demonstrate that primary myocytes lacking ankyrin-B display defects in Kir6.2 protein expression, membrane expression, and function. Moreover, we demonstrate a secondary role for ankyrin-B in regulating K(ATP) channel gating. Finally, we demonstrate that ankyrin-B forms a membrane complex with K(ATP) channels and the cardiac Na/K-ATPase, a second key membrane transporter involved in the cardiac ischemia response. Collectively, our new findings define a new role for cardiac ankyrin polypeptides in regulation of ion channel membrane expression in heart.