PubMed 21980481

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Automatically associated channels: KCNQ2 , Kv7.2

Title: Kv7 channels can function without constitutive calmodulin tethering.

Authors: Juan Camilo Gómez-Posada, Paloma Aivar, Araitz Alberdi, Alessandro Alaimo, Ainhoa Etxeberria, Juncal Fernández-Orth, Teresa Zamalloa, Meritxell Roura-Ferrer, Patricia Villacé, Pilar Areso, Oscar Casis, Alvaro Villarroel

Journal, date & volume: PLoS ONE, 2011 , 6, e25508

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M-channels are voltage-gated potassium channels composed of Kv7.2-7.5 subunits that serve as important regulators of neuronal excitability. Calmodulin binding is required for Kv7 channel function and mutations in Kv7.2 that disrupt calmodulin binding cause Benign Familial Neonatal Convulsions (BFNC), a dominantly inherited human epilepsy. On the basis that Kv7.2 mutants deficient in calmodulin binding are not functional, calmodulin has been defined as an auxiliary subunit of Kv7 channels. However, we have identified a presumably phosphomimetic mutation S511D that permits calmodulin-independent function. Thus, our data reveal that constitutive tethering of calmodulin is not required for Kv7 channel function.