PubMed 18506476

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.3 , SK2

Title: TRESK-like potassium channels in leukemic T cells.

Authors: Igor I Pottosin, Edgar Bonales-Alatorre, Georgina Valencia-Cruz, Maria Luisa Mendoza-Magaña, Oxana R Dobrovinskaya

Journal, date & volume: Pflugers Arch., 2008 Sep , 456, 1037-48

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In this study, we present patch-clamp characterization of the background potassium current in human lymphoma (Jurkat cells), generated by voltage-independent 16 pS channels with a high ( approximately 100-fold) K+/Na+ selectivity. Depending on the background K+ channels density, from few per cell up to approximately 1 open channel per microm2, resting membrane potential was in the range of -40 to -83 mV, approaching E (K) = -88 mV. The background K+ channels were insensitive to margotoxin (3 nM), apamine (3 nM), and clotrimazole (1 microM), high-affinity blockers of the lymphocyte Kv1.3, SKCa2, and IKCa1 channels. The current depended weakly on external pH. Arachidonic acid (20 microM) and Hg2+ (0.3-10 microM) suppressed background K+ current in Jurkat cells by 75-90%. Background K+ current was weakly sensitive to TEA+ (IC50 = 14 mM), and was efficiently suppressed by externally applied bupivacaine (IC50 = 5 microM), quinine (IC50 = 16 microM), and Ba2+ (2 mM). Our data, in particular strong inhibition by mercuric ions, suggest that background K+ currents expressed in Jurkat cells are mediated by TWIK-related spinal cord K+ (TRESK) channels belonging to the double-pore domain K+ channel family. The presence of human TRESK in the membrane protein fraction was confirmed by Western blot analysis.