PubMed 10896714

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Automatically associated channels: Kir2.1

Title: Residues beyond the selectivity filter of the K+ channel kir2.1 regulate permeation and block by external Rb+ and Cs+.

Authors: G A Thompson, M L Leyland, I Ashmole, M J Sutcliffe, P R Stanfield

Journal, date & volume: J. Physiol. (Lond.), 2000 Jul 15 , 526 Pt 2, 231-40

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1. Kir2.1 channels are blocked by Rb+ and Cs+ in a voltage-dependent manner, characteristic of many inward rectifier K+ channels. Mutation of Ser165 in the transmembrane domain M2 to Leu (S165L) abolished Rb+ blockage and lowered Cs+ blocking affinity. At negative voltages Rb+ carried large inward currents. 2. A model of the Kir2.1 channel, built by homology with the structure of the Streptomyces lividans K+ channel KcsA, suggested the existence of an intersubunit hydrogen bond between Ser165 and Thr141 in the channel pore-forming P-region that helps stabilise the structure of this region. However, mutations of Thr141 and Ser165 did not produce effects consistent with a hydrogen bond between these residues being essential for blockage. 3. An alternative alignment between the M2 regions of Kir2.1 and KcsA suggested that Ser165 is itself a pore-lining residue, more directly affecting blockage. We were able to replace Ser165 with a variety of polar and non-polar residues, consistent with this residue being pore lining. Some of these changes affected channel blockage. 4. We tested the hypothesis that Asp172 - a residue implicated in channel gating by polyamines - formed an additional selectivity filter by using the triple mutant T141A/S165L/D172N. Large Rb+ and Cs+ currents were measured in this mutant. 5. We propose that both Thr141 and Ser165 are likely to provide binding sites for monovalent blocking cations in wild-type channels. These residues lie beyond the carbonyl oxygen tunnel thought to form the channel selectivity filter, which the blocking cations must therefore traverse.