PubMed 20959415

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Automatically associated channels: BK , Slo1

Title: Thromboxane A2 receptor and MaxiK-channel intimate interaction supports channel trans-inhibition independent of G-protein activation.

Authors: Min Li, Yoshio Tanaka, Abderrahmane Alioua, Yong Wu, Rong Lu, Pallob Kundu, Enrique Sánchez-Pastor, Jure Marijic, Enrico Stefani, Ligia Toro

Journal, date & volume: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2010 Nov 2 , 107, 19096-101

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Large conductance voltage- and calcium-activated potassium channels (MaxiK, BK(Ca)) are well known for sustaining cerebral and coronary arterial tone and for their linkage to vasodilator β-adrenergic receptors. However, how MaxiK channels are linked to counterbalancing vasoconstrictor receptors is unknown. Here, we show that vasopressive thromboxane A2 receptors (TP) can intimately couple with and inhibit MaxiK channels. Activation of the receptor with its agonist trans-inhibits MaxiK independently of G-protein activation. This unconventional mechanism is supported by independent lines of evidence: (i) inhibition of MaxiK current by thromboxane A2 mimetic, U46619, occurs even when G-protein activity is suppressed; (ii) MaxiK and TP physically associate and display a high degree of proximity; and (iii) Förster resonance energy transfer occurs between fluorescently labeled MaxiK and TP, supporting a direct interaction. The molecular mechanism of MaxiK-TP intimate interaction involves the receptor's first intracellular loop and C terminus, and it entails the voltage-sensing conduction cassette of MaxiK channel. Further, physiological evidence of MaxiK-TP physical interaction is given in human coronaries and rat aorta, and by confirming TP role (with antagonist SQ29,548) in the U46619-induced MaxiK inhibition in human coronaries. We propose that vasoconstrictor TP receptor and MaxiK-channel direct interaction facilitates G-protein-independent TP to MaxiK trans-inhibition, which would promote vasoconstriction.