PubMed 22474336

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Automatically associated channels: Nav1.6

Title: Interaction of voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.6 (SCN8A) with microtubule-associated protein Map1b.

Authors: Janelle E O'Brien, Lisa M Sharkey, Christina N Vallianatos, Chongyang Han, Julie C Blossom, Ting Yu, Stephen G Waxman, Sulayman D Dib-Hajj, Miriam H Meisler

Journal, date & volume: J. Biol. Chem., 2012 May 25 , 287, 18459-66

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The mechanism by which voltage-gated sodium channels are trafficked to the surface of neurons is not well understood. Our previous work implicated the cytoplasmic N terminus of the sodium channel Na(v)1.6 in this process. We report that the N terminus plus the first transmembrane segment (residues 1-153) is sufficient to direct a reporter to the cell surface. To identify proteins that interact with the 117-residue N-terminal domain, we carried out a yeast two-hybrid screen of a mouse brain cDNA library. Three clones containing overlapping portions of the light chain of microtubule-associated protein Map1b (Mtap1b) were recovered from the screen. Interaction between endogenous Na(v)1.6 channels and Map1b in mouse brain was confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation. Map1b did not interact with the N terminus of the related channel Na(v)1.1. Alanine-scanning mutagenesis of the Na(v)1.6 N terminus demonstrated that residues 77-80 (VAVP) contribute to interaction with Map1b. Co-expression of Na(v)1.6 with Map1b in neuronal cell line ND7/23 resulted in a 50% increase in current density, demonstrating a functional role for this interaction. Mutation of the Map1b binding site of Na(v)1.6 prevented generation of sodium current in transfected cells. The data indicate that Map1b facilitates trafficking of Na(v)1.6 to the neuronal cell surface.