PubMed 23663972

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.2

Title: Social networking among voltage-activated potassium channels.

Authors: Lioubov I Brueggemann, Saverio Gentile, Kenneth L Byron

Journal, date & volume: Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci, 2013 , 117, 269-302

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Voltage-activated potassium channels (Kv channels) are ubiquitously expressed proteins that subserve a wide range of cellular functions. From their birth in the endoplasmic reticulum, Kv channels assemble from multiple subunits in complex ways that determine where they live in the cell, their biophysical characteristics, and their role in enabling different kinds of cells to respond to specific environmental signals to generate appropriate functional responses. This chapter describes the types of protein-protein interactions among pore-forming channel subunits and their auxiliary protein partners, as well as posttranslational protein modifications that occur in various cell types. This complex oligomerization of channel subunits establishes precise cell type-specific Kv channel localization and function, which in turn drives a diverse range of cellular signal transduction mechanisms uniquely suited to the physiological contexts in which they are found.