PubMed 11334631

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Automatically associated channels: Kir2.2 , Kir3.2 , Kv4.2 , Slo1

Title: Functional properties of a truncated recombinant GIRK5 potassium channel.

Authors: C Salvador, M Martinez, S I Mora, W Egido, J M Farias, G Gamba, L I Escobar

Journal, date & volume: Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 2001 May 2 , 1512, 135-47

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Xenopus laevis oocytes codify a G-protein-activated inward rectifier potassium channel (GIRK5 or Kir3.5). Coinjection of other GIRKs, the muscarinic m2 receptor, or Gbetagamma protein cRNAs is required to observe functional GIRKx-GIRK5 heteromultimers in oocytes. Studies with GIRK2 isoforms have shown that the size of the amino or carboxyl terminus plays a crucial role on giving functional K(+) channels. In this work we studied the properties of a GIRK5 with 25 amino acids deleted toward its amino-terminal domain. Injection of GIRK5-Delta25 cRNA alone displayed large basal and transient inward rectifying currents in oocytes. The instantaneous currents reached a stationary level after a long duration voltage pulse (10 s). For this relaxation, fast (tau(1)) and slow (tau(2)) time constants were estimated at different voltages. Recovery from inactivation followed a monoexponential function (tau=0.95+/-0.07 s). By contrast with other inward rectifier channels, blockade of GIRK5-Delta25 by extracellular Ba(2+) was voltage-independent (K(d)=102+/-2 microM), suggesting the presence of a Ba(2+) site at the external channel vestibule. To confirm this hypothesis, the Ba(2+) sensitivity of two charged mutants GIRK5-Delta25(N129E) and GIRK5-Delta25(K157E) at each of the external loops was determined. GIRK5-Delta25(N129E) and GIRK5-Delta25(K157E) showed a 100-fold and 2-fold higher affinity to Ba(2+), respectively, supporting the existence of this Ba(2+) binding site.