PubMed 7542774

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Automatically associated channels: Kir1.1 , Kir2.1 , Kir3.1

Title: Inhibition of function in Xenopus oocytes of the inwardly rectifying G-protein-activated atrial K channel (GIRK1) by overexpression of a membrane-attached form of the C-terminal tail.

Authors: N Dascal, C A Doupnik, T Ivanina, S Bausch, W Wang, C Lin, J Garvey, C Chavkin, H A Lester, N Davidson

Journal, date & volume: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 1995 Jul 18 , 92, 6758-62

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Coexpression in Xenopus oocytes of the inwardly rectifying guanine nucleotide binding (G)-protein-gated K channel GIRK1 with a myristoylated modification of the (putative) cytosolic C-terminal tail [GIRK1 aa 183-501 fused in-frame to aa 1-15 of p60src and denoted src+ (183-501)] leads to a high degree of inhibition of the inward G-protein-gated K+ current. The nonmyristoylated segment, src- (183-501), is not active. Although some interference with assembly is not precluded, the evidence indicates that the main mechanism of inhibition is interference with functional activation of the channel by G proteins. In part, the tail functions as a blocking particle similar to a "Shaker ball"; it may also function by competing for the available supply of free G beta gamma liberated by hormone activation of a seven-helix receptor. The non-G-protein-gated weak inward rectifier ROMK1 is less effectively inhibited, and a Shaker K channel was not inhibited. Immunological assays show the presence of a high concentration of src+ (183-501) in the plasma membrane and the absence of any membrane forms for the nonmyristoylated segment.