PubMed 16290007

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Automatically associated channels: SK2 , Slo1

Title: Over-expression of a mammalian small conductance calcium-activated K+ channel in Pichia pastoris: effects of trafficking signals and subunit fusions.

Authors: Luana Licata, Winfried Haase, Luise Eckhardt-Strelau, David N Parcej

Journal, date & volume: Protein Expr. Purif., 2006 May , 47, 171-8

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Mammalian SK proteins are Ca2+-activated K+ channels, which show a sub-20 pS conductance. We have expressed the SK2 variant gene in Pichia pastoris and found protein to be produced at considerably higher levels than in brain tissue. The channel was correctly folded as evidenced by its high affinity interaction with apamin, a specific ligand from bee venom. However, the protein was largely unable to reach the plasma membrane, its normal destination, instead remaining in the endoplasmic reticulum. Adding a putative translocation sequence altered the intracellular distribution significantly with enhanced trafficking out of the endoplamic reticulum. Fusion of SK2 with the associated protein calmodulin also altered the channel localisation but in a different manner with channels now found mainly in transit between endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi compartments.