PubMed 22079321

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.1 , Kv1.2 , Kv1.6

Title: Developmental changes in the expression of Κv1 potassium channels in rat vestibular ganglion cells.

Authors: Shinichi Iwasaki, Toshiaki Nakajima, Yasuhiro Chihara, Aki Inoue, Chisato Fujimoto, Tatsuya Yamasoba

Journal, date & volume: Brain Res., 2012 Jan 6 , 1429, 29-35

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The primary afferent neurons of the vestibular ganglion convey sensory information from hair cells in the semicircular canals and otolith organs to the vestibular nuclei, the adjacent brainstem and the cerebellum. The intrinsic firing properties of vestibular ganglion cells (VGCs) are heterogeneous and have been classified into phasic, intermediate and tonic firing types on the basis of their response to injected depolarizing currents. A previous study from our group showed that the proportion of phasic discharging VGCs decreased during the first postnatal weeks. Moreover, α-dendrotoxin (α-DTX), a Kv1 potassium channels antagonist, turned neuron phasic firing to tonic, thus suggesting that these channels play an important role in the developmental changes of VGCs firing patterns. Here, by using immunohistochemistry, Western blotting and quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), we explored the change in the expression of α-DTX-sensitive K(+) channels, Kv1.1, Kv1.2 and Kv1.6 in rat VGCs during early postnatal periods. We showed that expression of Kv1.6 protein is down-regulated together with expression of Kv1.6 mRNA after postnatal day 7 in rat VGCs whereas expression of Kv1.1 and Kv1.2 proteins did not change during the same developmental period. Our results suggest that down-regulation of the Kv1.6 protein and mRNA may be associated with maturation of excitable properties of primary vestibular neurons.