PubMed 26256861

Title: Interaction of propofol with voltage-gated human Kv1.5 channel through specific amino acids within the pore region.

Authors: Akiko Kojima, Yuki Ito, Wei-Guang Ding, Hirotoshi Kitagawa, Hiroshi Matsuura

Journal, date & volume: Eur. J. Pharmacol., 2015 Oct 5 , 764, 622-32

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The intravenous anesthetic propofol affects the function of a diversity of ligand-gated and voltage-gated ion channels. However, there is little information as to whether propofol directly interacts with voltage-gated ion channel proteins to modulate their functions. The Kv1.5 channel is activated by membrane depolarization during action potentials and contributes to atrial repolarization in the human heart. This study was undertaken to examine the effect of propofol on voltage-gated human Kv1.5 (hKv1.5) channel and to elucidate the underlying molecular determinants. Site-directed mutagenesis was carried out through six amino acids that reside within the pore domain of hKv1.5 channel. Whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to record membrane currents through the wild type and mutant hKv1.5 channels heterologously expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Propofol (≥5 μM) reversibly and concentration-dependently (IC50 of 49.3±9.4 μM; n=6) blocked hKv1.5 current. Propofol-induced block of hKv1.5 current gradually progressed during depolarizing voltage-clamp steps and was enhanced by higher frequency of activation, consistent with a preferential block of the channels in their open state. The degree of current block by propofol was significantly attenuated in T480A, I502A, I508A and V516A, but not in H463C and L510A mutants of hKv1.5 channel. Thus, several amino acids near the selectivity filter (Thr480) or within S6 (Ile502, Ile508 and Val516) are found to be critically involved in the blocking action of propofol. This study provides the first evidence suggesting that direct interaction with specific amino acids underlies the blocking action of propofol on voltage-gated hKv1.5 channel.