PubMed 12242489

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Automatically associated channels: Kir2.1 , Kv1.4 , Slo1

Title: Voltage-dependent potassium channels in cytokeratin-positive and cytokeratin-negative microvascular endothelial cells of the corpus luteum.

Authors: Maik Richter, Gerelusul Tscheudschilsuren, Dagmar Eschke, Gabriela Aust, Katharina Spanel-Borowski, Karen Nieber

Journal, date & volume: Cell Tissue Res., 2002 Oct , 310, 103-8

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We have recently described cytokeratin-positive (CK(+)) and cytokeratin-negative (CK(-)) microvascular endothelial cells (MVECs) in the bovine corpus luteum. The two phenotypes show a different expression and release of adhesion molecules and cytokines. Since secretion of mediators is specifically regulated by the electrophysiological membrane parameters, this report will compare voltage-dependent potassium (K(+)) channels in the two cell types cultured under the same conditions. CK(+) and CK(-) MVECs derived from the microvascular bed of one organ differ in their K(+)-channel characteristics. In CK(-) MVECs, an inwardly rectifying K(+) current was discovered, showing the characteristics of the Kir2.1. CK(+) MVECs displayed a voltage-dependent K(+) current that activates rapidly on depolarization and inactivates very slowly, and is associated with a member of the Kv family. The mRNA for Kir2.1 was identified by RT-PCR in CK(-) and CK(+) MVECs, but there was no evidence of Kv1.4 mRNA in either of them. The function of Kir2.1 in CK(-) MVECs might be induced during cultivation, whereas CK(+) MVECs appear to be more resistant to environmental conditions and do not express an inward current.