PubMed 22134895

Referenced in Channelpedia wiki pages of: none

Automatically associated channels: KCNQ2 , KCNQ3 , KCNQ5 , Kv7.2 , Kv7.3 , Kv7.5

Title: Kv7.5 is the primary Kv7 subunit expressed in C-fibers.

Authors: Chih H King, Steven S Scherer

Journal, date & volume: J. Comp. Neurol., 2012 Jun 15 , 520, 1940-50

PubMed link:

Kv7 (KCNQ) potassium channel openers (enhancers) decrease neuropathic pain in experimental models. Here we show that C-fibers, and their associated small-diameter neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (both IB4- and TrkA-positive), expressed Kv7.5. In contrast, C-fibers did not express detectable levels of Kv7.2 or Kv7.3, which are instead localized to nodes of Ranvier and the cell bodies of large sensory neurons. These data suggest that Kv7.5 provides the primary M current in nociceptive neurons.