PubMed 10670415

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.1 , Kv1.2 , Kv1.3 , Kv2.1 , Kv3.1 , Kv3.2 , Slo1

Title: Sensitivity of native and cloned hippocampal delayed-rectifier potassium channels to verapamil.

Authors: M Madeja, V Müller, U Musshoff, E J Speckmann

Journal, date & volume: Neuropharmacology, 2000 Jan 4 , 39, 202-10

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The effects of the phenylalkylamine verapamil on native and cloned hippocampal voltage-operated potassium channels were investigated. Native channels were studied in acutely isolated CA1 neurons from the guinea pig with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Cloned channels were expressed in oocytes of Xenopus laevis and studied with the two-electrode voltage-clamp technique. Native potassium channels: Verapamil suppressed the potassium currents in micro- and submicromolar concentrations. The current suppression increased during the voltage step. The IC50 value of verapamil was 3 micromol/l and the Hill coefficient was 0.5 indicating a mixed population of potassium channels with distinct verapamil sensitivity. Cloned potassium channels: The hippocampal potassium channels Kv1.1, Kv1.2, Kv1.3, Kv2.1, Kv3.1 and Kv3.2 were affected by verapamil in micromolar concentrations. The effect increased with depolarization time, was voltage-dependent, reached 90% of the maximum within around 40 s after start of verapamil application, recovered slowly after wash-out and did not reach control values even after wash-out times of six minutes. The IC50 values differed markedly and were 35 micromol/l for the Kv1.1 channel, 98 micromol/l for the Kv1.2 channel, 12 micromol/l for the Kv1.3 channel, 226 micromol/l for the Kv2.1 channel, 6 micromol/l for the Kv3.1 channel and 11 micromol/l for the Kv3.2 channel.