PubMed 20385746

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Automatically associated channels: BK

Title: Location of modulatory beta subunits in BK potassium channels.

Authors: Guoxia Liu, Xiaowei Niu, Roland S Wu, Neelesh Chudasama, Yongneng Yao, Xin Jin, Richard Weinberg, Sergey I Zakharov, Howard Motoike, Steven O Marx, Arthur Karlin

Journal, date & volume: J. Gen. Physiol., 2010 May , 135, 449-59

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Large-conductance voltage- and calcium-activated potassium (BK) channels contain four pore-forming alpha subunits and four modulatory beta subunits. From the extents of disulfide cross-linking in channels on the cell surface between cysteine (Cys) substituted for residues in the first turns in the membrane of the S0 transmembrane (TM) helix, unique to BK alpha, and of the voltage-sensing domain TM helices S1-S4, we infer that S0 is next to S3 and S4, but not to S1 and S2. Furthermore, of the two beta1 TM helices, TM2 is next to S0, and TM1 is next to TM2. Coexpression of alpha with two substituted Cys's, one in S0 and one in S2, and beta1 also with two substituted Cys's, one in TM1 and one in TM2, resulted in two alphas cross-linked by one beta. Thus, each beta lies between and can interact with the voltage-sensing domains of two adjacent alpha subunits.