PubMed 17828261

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Automatically associated channels: Kir2.1 , Kir3.2 , Kir3.3 , Kv1.4

Title: A unique sorting nexin regulates trafficking of potassium channels via a PDZ domain interaction.

Authors: Marie-Louise Lunn, Rounak Nassirpour, Christine Arrabit, Joshua Tan, Ian McLeod, Carlos M Arias, Paul E Sawchenko, John R Yates, Paul A Slesinger

Journal, date & volume: Nat. Neurosci., 2007 Oct , 10, 1249-59

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G protein-gated potassium (Kir3) channels are important for controlling neuronal excitability in the brain. Using a proteomics approach, we have identified a unique rodent intracellular protein, sorting nexin 27 (SNX27), which regulates the trafficking of Kir3 channels. Like most sorting nexins, SNX27 possesses a functional PX domain that selectively binds the membrane phospholipid phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate (PI3P) and is important for trafficking to the early endosome. SNX27, however, is the only sorting nexin to contain a PDZ domain. This PDZ domain discriminates between channels with similar class I PDZ-binding motifs, associating with the C-terminal end of Kir3.3 and Kir3.2c (-ESKV), but not with that of Kir2.1 (-ESEI) or Kv1.4 (-ETDV). SNX27 promotes the endosomal movement of Kir3 channels, leading to reduced surface expression, increased degradation and smaller Kir3 potassium currents. The regulation of endosomal trafficking via sorting nexins reveals a previously unknown mechanism for controlling potassium channel surface expression.