PubMed 12923176

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Automatically associated channels: Kir2.1

Title: Direct interaction between the actin-binding protein filamin-A and the inwardly rectifying potassium channel, Kir2.1.

Authors: Laura J Sampson, Mark L Leyland, Caroline Dart

Journal, date & volume: J. Biol. Chem., 2003 Oct 24 , 278, 41988-97

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The role of filamins in actin cross-linking and membrane stabilization is well established, but recently their ability to interact with a variety of transmembrane receptors and signaling proteins has led to speculation of additional roles in scaffolding and signal transduction. Here we report a direct interaction between filamin-A and Kir2.1, an isoform of inwardly rectifying potassium channel expressed in vascular smooth muscle and an important regulator of vascular tone. Yeast two-hybrid screening of a porcine coronary artery cDNA library using the carboxyl terminus of Kir2.1 as bait yielded cDNA encoding a fragment of filamin-A (residues 2481-2647). Interaction between filamin-A and Kir2.1 was confirmed by in vitro overlay assay of membrane-bound Kir2.1 with glutathione S-transferase fusion protein of the isolated filamin clone. Additionally, antibodies directed against Kir2.1 coimmunoprecipitated filamin-A from arterial smooth muscle cell lysates, and immunocytochemical analysis of individual arterial smooth muscle cells showed that Kir2.1 and filamin co-localize in "hotspots" at the cell membrane. Interaction with filamin-A was found to have no effect on Kir2.1 channel behavior but, rather, increased the number of functional channels resident within the membrane. We conclude that filamin-A is potentially an important regulator of Kir2.1 surface expression and location within vascular smooth muscle.