PubMed 21912965

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.2 , Kv3.1 , Kv3.2 , Kv3.4

Title: Brain expression of Kv3 subunits during development, adulthood and aging and in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease.

Authors: Enrica Boda, Eriola Hoxha, Alessandro Pini, Francesca Montarolo, Filippo Tempia

Journal, date & volume: J. Mol. Neurosci., 2012 Mar , 46, 606-15

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In neurons, voltage-dependent Kv3 potassium channels are essential for the generation of action potentials at high frequency. A dysregulation of the Kv3.1 and Kv3.4 channel subunits has been suggested to contribute to neuronal and glial alterations in Alzheimer's disease, but a quantitative evaluation of these subunits in a mouse model of the pathology is still lacking. We analysed the profile of expression of the four Kv3 subunits by quantitative reverse transcription PCR and Western blot in the whole mouse brain and in dissected brain regions (olfactory bulb, septum, neocortex, hippocampus, brainstem and cerebellum) from 14 days after conception to 18 months after birth. In addition, we measured the levels of Kv3.1 and Kv3.4 messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and proteins in neocortex and hippocampus of APPPS1 mice, a transgenic model of Alzheimer's disease. Although all Kv3 transcripts were significantly expressed in embryonic age in whole brain extracts, only Kv3.1, Kv3.2 and Kv3.4 subunit proteins were present, suggesting a novel role for Kv3 channels at this developmental stage. With the exception of Kv3.4, during postnatal development, Kv3 transcripts and proteins showed a progressive increase in expression and reached an asymptote in adulthood, suggesting that the increase in Kv3 expression during development might contribute to the maturation of the electrical activity of neurons. During aging, Kv3 expression was rather stable. In contrast, in the neocortex of aged APPPS1 mice, Kv3.1 mRNA and protein levels were significantly lower compared to wild type, suggesting that a decrease in Kv3 currents could play a role in the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.