Description: potassium voltage gated channel, Shab-related subfamily, member 2
Gene: Kcnb2     Synonyms: Kv2.2, kcnb2, kcnb2-A

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Kv2 (KCNB) channels (Kv2.1 and Kv2.2) are the major constituents of the somatic delayed rectifier potassium current. These somatic potassium channels are thought to be important in determining the overall excitability of neurons. In contrast to the widespread expression of Kv2.1, Kv2.2 exhibits preferential expression in a few brain nuclei including the BF and the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body [1622]

Potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily B member 2 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the KCNB2 gene.

Experimental data



A variety of rat Kv2.2 has been found, called Kv2.2-long.[393]

RGD ID Chromosome Position Species
621349 5 2683952-3154913 Rat
1614245 1 15302533-15704295 Mouse
732631 8 73449626-73850584 Human

Kcnb2 : potassium voltage gated channel, Shab-related subfamily, member 2



Acc No Sequence Length Source
NM_054000 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_001098528 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_004770 n/A n/A NCBI



Accession Name Definition Evidence
GO:0016021 integral to membrane Penetrating at least one phospholipid bilayer of a membrane. May also refer to the state of being buried in the bilayer with no exposure outside the bilayer. When used to describe a protein, indicates that all or part of the peptide sequence is embedded in the membrane. IEA
GO:0008076 voltage-gated potassium channel complex A protein complex that forms a transmembrane channel through which potassium ions may cross a cell membrane in response to changes in membrane potential. IEA
GO:0016020 membrane Double layer of lipid molecules that encloses all cells, and, in eukaryotes, many organelles; may be a single or double lipid bilayer; also includes associated proteins. IEA
GO:0043025 neuronal cell body The portion of a neuron that includes the nucleus, but excludes all cell projections such as axons and dendrites. IDA

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Kv4.1 structure [1623]

Transfection of HEK293 cells with Kv2.1 or Kv2.2 constructs indicated that citalopram mainly inhibited Kv2.2 current. We suggest that citalopram-induced inhibition of I(K) in mouse cortical neurons is independent of G-protein-coupled receptors and might exert its antidepressant effects by enhancing presynaptic efficiency [1657]

Syntaxin 1A

slowed down inactivation of Kv2.2 (and Kv2.1). No significant changes in current amplitudes were observed in either Kv2.1 or Kv2.2 channels, in the presence of low or high concentrations of syntaxin.[6]


mKvβ4 assayed in the Xenopus oocyte expression system had no effect on Kv1.1, Kv1.2, Kv1.3, Kv1.4, and Kv1.5 α subunits or on the other K+ channel α subunits in the other subfamilies such as Kv3.4 or Kv4.1 or on the K+ channel activity produced by IsK. It specifically altered the expression of the Kv2.2 (CDRK) α subunit [1658]


Kv2.2 steady-state inactivation was not affected by SNAP-25 alone but (in contrast to Kv2.1), in the presence of both, SNAP-25 and syntaxin 1A, the hyperpolarizing shift of Kv2.2 was apparent.[6]


The K+ current of Kv2.2 grown in Xenopus oocytes can be stopped with tetraethylammonium (IC50 = 2.6 mM).[278]


The K+ current of Kv2.2 grown in Xenopus oocytes can be stopped with 4-aminopyridine (IC50 = 1.5mM at 120 mV).[278]


The K+ current of Kv2.2 grown in Xenopus oocytes can be stopped with quinine (IC50 = 13.7 μM).[278]


Kv2.2 grown in Xenopus oocytes is insensitive to charybdotoxin.[278]

Kv2.1 Co-expression

Co-overexpression of Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 in 832/13 cells impaired the increase in outward K+ current observed with Kv2.1 overexpression alone, and co-immunoprecipitation studies demonstrated a physical interaction between the two proteins. Also, co-overexpression of Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 in β-cells resulted in reduced Kv current compared with overexpression of Kv2.1 alone [1626]


To probe whether Kv2 isotypes can form heteromultimers, we developed a dominant-negative mutant Kv2.2 subunit to act as a molecular poison of Kv2 subunit-containing channels. The dominant-negative Kv2.2 suppresses formation of functional channels when it is coexpressed in oocytes with either wild-type Kv2.2 or Kv2.1 subunits. These results indicate that Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 subunits are capable of heteromultimerization. Thus, in native cells either Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 subunits are targeted at an early stage to different biosynthetic compartments or heteromultimerization otherwise is inhibited.


RESVERATROL [trans-3′ 4′,5′-trihydroxystilbene (REV)] is a naturally occurring phytochemical compound that is found in >70 plant species. Plants synthesize REV to protect against bacterial and fungal infections, stress, and injury. Accumulating evidence indicates that REV mediates a wide range of biological activities, including increasing life span through anti-ischemic, anticancer, antiaging, and anti-inflammatory properties. REV significantly suppressed Kv2.2 but not Kv2.1 currents with a fast, reversible, and mildly concentration-dependent manner and shifted the activation or inactivation curve of Kv2.2 channels [1656]

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Kv4.1 structure (FOR MORE INFO SEE Kv2.1)

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Kv2.2 Distribution in Neuron

Kv2.2 is highly expressed in axon initial segments of medial nucleus of the trapezoid body neurons. [309]

Kv2.1 and Kv2.2-long were both found in the somata and proximal dendrites of cortical pyramidal neurons from rat. [393]

In neurons of developing Xenopus laevis, Kv2.2 is present in the axon, in contrast to the dendritic localization of Kv2.1. [394]

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Kv2.2 Expression in Brain

Previous studies reported that Kv2.2 is detected in the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, striatum, brain stem, and thalamus [309]. In this article we report a novel and abundant expression of Kv2.2 in the basal forebrain of the rat and mouse [1736]

Kv2.2 Expression in Tissue

Kv2.2 channels were found in human and rat alpha and delta but not beta pancreatic islet cells. [6]

Kv2.2 is expressed in smooth muscle cells in all regions of the canine gastrointestinal tract and in several vascular tissues. [278]

Kv2.2 channels were found in medial nucleus of the trapezoid body neurons [309] and cortical pyramidal neurons [393].

Kv2.2 protein in developing Xenopus laevis were localizes in post-mitotic cells at early stages of differentiation in ventrolateral regions of the brain and spinal cord, especially in areas associated with growing axonal tracts. Moreover, Kv2.2 protein was found in the retina, inner ear, and olfactory epithelium shortly after these sensory tissues began to form. Many neurons and sensory cells begin to synthesize Kv2.2 protein at early stages of post-mitotic differentiation and maintain expression thereafter. [394]

Kv4.1 structure [1623]

A large subpopulation of neurons within the magnocellular preoptic area (MCPO) and the horizontal limb of the diagonal band of Broca (HDB) of the basal forebrain express the Kv2.2 voltage-gated potassium channel [1623]

Kv2 in S1 Ctx pyramidal neurons###

Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 expressed in distinct cortical layers and pyramidal cell types associated with corticostriatal pathways.While Kv2.1 is expressed in all cortical layers, Kv2.2 is predominantly expressed in L2andL5a and absent from L4 of the primary somatosensory cortex. Circuit-specificity of Kv2.1 and Kv2.2 is indicated by dinstinct expression patterns in intratelencephalic and pyramidal tract neurons of L5 as was demostrated by immunostaining and voltage-clamp recording[2061]

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Kv2.1 and Kv2.2-long in rat cortical pyramidal neurons are responsible for rectifier currents, which regulate action potential firing.[393]

It has been suggested that in these high-frequency firing neurons Kv2.2 contributes to maintain action potential amplitude by regulating the interspike potential and by relieving Na+ channels from inactivation [309]

Also regulates spike shape and Ca++ influx during repetitive firing at high frequency in cortical pyramidal neurons [1659]

Kv2 delayed rectified channels are particularly important in the regulation of somatodendritic excitability [175]


Kv2.2 is expressed in approximately 60% of GABAergic neurons and as a result is a viable molecular target to study the functional role of these GABAergic neurons in sleep behaviour [16333]

Insulin and Diabetes

Kv2.2 silencing in mouse islets by adenovirus-small hairpin RNA (shRNA) specifically enhanced islet somatostatin, but not insulin, secretion. In mice lacking somatostatin receptor 5, GxTX-1E stimulated insulin secretion and improved glucose tolerance. Collectively, these data show that Kv2.1 regulates insulin secretion in β-cells and Kv2.2 modulates somatostatin release in δ-cells. Development of selective Kv2.1 inhibitors without cross inhibition of Kv2.2 may provide new avenues to promote GSIS for the treatment of type 2 diabetes [1735]

Noise induced hearing loss

Kv2.2 regulates neuronal excitability in these brainstem nuclei by maintaining short APs and enhancing high-frequency firing. This safeguards efferent MOC firing during high-intensity sounds and is crucial in the mediation of protection after auditory overexposure [1748]

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So the slow activation of Kv2 channels means that Kv2 conductance is unlikely to contribute to single APs when AP half-widths are around 0.5 ms [309] Kv2.2 mRNA injected into Xenopus oocytes resulted in the expression of a slowly activating K+ current mediated by 15 symmetrical K+ single channels. [278]

Kv2.2-containing channels are crucial for maintaining AP amplitude by regulating the interspike potential during high frequency firing in medial nucleus of the trapezoid body neurons. [309]

an in situ study revealed that elimination of Kv2 channel resulted in a reduction of the density of noninactivating potassium current and a prolonged impulse duration. In contrast, suppression of noninactivating current carried by Kv1 channels was much less effective in increasing action potential durations [1625]

Effect of Citalopram on Kv2.2 Kinetics

Kv4.1 structure results from transfected HEK293 cells showed that citalopram-induced inhibition of Kv2.2 currents was more effective than that of Kv2.1 currents, implying that Kv2.2 α-subunits may be the main contributor to IK channel inhibition by citalopram [1657]

Single Channel Conductance

Kv 2.2 has a single channel conductance of 15ps [278]

Pathway of Kv2.2 inhibition by resveratrol in HEK cells

The modes of inhibition of Kv2 channels by the phytoalexin resveratrol (REV) was studied using the patch-clamp technique on cultured cerebellar granule cells and HEK293 cells transfected with the genes coding for Kv2.1 or Kv2.2 respectively. The results showed that REV suppressed Kv2.2 but not Kv2.1 currents. Inhibition of Kv2.2 was fast, reversible and slightely concentration-dependent with shifted activation and inactivation curves. Inhibition of the GPR30 receptor diminished the effect of REV on Kv2.2 channels indicating that REV regulates Kv2.2 through the estrogen receptor GPR30-mediated PKC pathway.[1656]

Kv2.2 expressed in HEK293 cells

Recordings on Kv2.2, heterologously expressed HEK293 cells, reveal that Kv2.2 is largely refractory to stimuli that in Kv2.1 will trigger robust changes in clustering and function.[2061]




Kv4.1 structure A Hodgkin–Huxley model of an MNTB neuron shows that Kv2 regulates the interspike potential and affects availability of Nav channels during high-frequency firing [309]

Model Kv2.2 (ID=24)       Edit

CellType oocyte
Age 0 Days
Reversal -65.0 mV
Ion K +
Ligand ion
Reference [278] S D Koh et. al; Am. J. Physiol. 1998 May
mpower 1.0
m Inf 1/(1+exp(((v -(5.000))/(-12.000))))
m Tau 130.000/(1+exp(((v -(-46.560))/(-44.140))))
hpower 1.0
h Inf 1/(1+exp(((v -(-16.300))/(4.800))))
h Tau 10000.000/(1+exp(((v -(-46.560))/(-44.140))))

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Kihira Y et al. Formation of heteromeric Kv2 channels in mammalian brain neurons.
J. Biol. Chem., 2010 May 14 , 285 (15048-55).


Gravagna NG et al. Localization of Kv2.2 protein in Xenopus laevis embryos and tadpoles.
J. Comp. Neurol., 2008 Oct 10 , 510 (508-24).

Blaine JT et al. Kv2 channels form delayed-rectifier potassium channels in situ.
J. Neurosci., 2001 Mar 1 , 21 (1473-80).

Blaine JT et al. Heteromultimeric potassium channels formed by members of the Kv2 subfamily.
J. Neurosci., 1998 Dec 1 , 18 (9585-93).

Fink M et al. A new K+ channel beta subunit to specifically enhance Kv2.2 (CDRK) expression.
J. Biol. Chem., 1996 Oct 18 , 271 (26341-8).

Dong WH et al. Resveratrol inhibits K(v)2.2 currents through the estrogen receptor GPR30-mediated PKC pathway.
Am. J. Physiol., Cell Physiol., 2013 Sep , 305 (C547-57).

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