PubMed 22134923

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.3

Title: Disruption of kv1.3 channel forward vesicular trafficking by hypoxia in human T lymphocytes.

Authors: Ameet A Chimote, Zerrin Kuras, Laura Conforti

Journal, date & volume: J. Biol. Chem., 2012 Jan 13 , 287, 2055-67

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Hypoxia in solid tumors contributes to decreased immunosurveillance via down-regulation of Kv1.3 channels in T lymphocytes and associated T cell function inhibition. However, the mechanisms responsible for Kv1.3 down-regulation are not understood. We hypothesized that chronic hypoxia reduces Kv1.3 surface expression via alterations in membrane trafficking. Chronic hypoxia decreased Kv1.3 surface expression and current density in Jurkat T cells. Inhibition of either protein synthesis or degradation and endocytosis did not prevent this effect. Instead, blockade of clathrin-coated vesicle formation and forward trafficking prevented the Kv1.3 surface expression decrease in hypoxia. Confocal microscopy revealed an increased retention of Kv1.3 in the trans-Golgi during hypoxia. Expression of adaptor protein-1 (AP1), responsible for clathrin-coated vesicle formation at the trans-Golgi, was selectively down-regulated by hypoxia. Furthermore, AP1 down-regulation increased Kv1.3 retention in the trans-Golgi and reduced Kv1.3 currents. Our results indicate that hypoxia disrupts AP1/clathrin-mediated forward trafficking of Kv1.3 from the trans-Golgi to the plasma membrane thus contributing to decreased Kv1.3 surface expression in T lymphocytes.