Description: potassium inwardly-rectifying channel, subfamily J, member 13
Gene: Kcnj13     Synonyms: Kir7.1, kcnj13

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A large variety of potassium channels have been recognized to be of physiological importance in the kidney. Several of those belong to the family of inward rectifier K+ channels (Kir channels) that has been classified into seven subgroups (Kir1–7) (Reimann [1069]). A renal member of this family is the Kir7.1 channel.

The gene KCNJ13 (also known as SVD; KIR1.4; KIR7.1; MGC33328) encodes Kir7.1, a member of the inwardly rectifying potassium channel family, subfamily J, member 13. Members of this family form ion channel pores that allow potassium ions to pass into a cell. The encoded protein belongs to a subfamily of low signal channel conductance proteins that have a low dependence on potassium concentration. Mutations in this gene are associated with snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration. Alternate splicing results in multiple transcript variants.



RGD ID Chromosome Position Species
621661 9 86206927-86216659 Rat
2299525 1 89282859-89291304 Mouse
734216 2 233630512-233641275 Human

Kcnj13 : potassium inwardly-rectifying channel, subfamily J, member 13



Acc No Sequence Length Source
NM_053608 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_001110227 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_002242 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_001172416 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_001172417 n/A n/A NCBI



Accession Name Definition Evidence
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: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

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the dual regulation of Kir7.1 channel function by protein kinase A (PKA) and protein kinase C (PKC). Structurally, these regulations depend on two key residues in the C-terminal channel domain (Ser201 for PKC and Ser287 for PKA). (Zahng [1067])

Low micromolar concentrations of the small molecule VU590 inhibit Kir7.1, as an intracellular pore blocker. (Lewis [1068])

The expression of gpKir7.1 in Xenopus laevis oocytes revealed inwardly rectifying K+ currents. The reversal potential was strongly dependent on the extracellular K+ concentration, shifting from -14 mV at 96 mmol/L K+ to -90 mV at 1 mmol/L K+. gpKir7.1 showed a low affinity for Ba2+. (Derst [1070])







Immunocytochemical detection in guinea pig identified the gpKir7.1 protein in the basolateral membrane of epithelial cells of the proximal tubule. RT-PCR analysis identified strong gpKir7.1 expression in the proximal tubule and weak expression in glomeruli and thick ascending limb. In isolated human tubule fragments, RT-PCR showed expression in proximal tubule and thick ascending limb. (Derst [1070])

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Kir7.1 is located predominantly in the basolateral membrane of the proximal tubule (PT), the thick ascending limb (TAL) (Derst [1070]) and the cortical collecting duct (CCD) principal cells (Ookata[1071]).

The expression of Kir7.1 in the brain appears to be restricted to the epithelial cells of the choroid plexus (Doring [1042], Nakamura [1073]). It is also strongly expressed in various other epithelial cells, for example, in small intestine or in follicular cells of the thyroid gland. Significant expression of gpKir7.1 was found in brain, kidney, and lung, but not in heart, skeletal muscle, liver, or spleen. (Derst [1070])



Kir7.1 it has been proposed to contribute to tubular K+ recycling and secretion (Derst [1070], Ookata [1071], Doring [1072]). The evidence that expression of Kir7.1 is upregulated under dietary potassium overload also supports a functional significance for K+ secretion (Ookata [1071]).



Kir7.1 displays unique biophysical characteristics, particularly a very weak inward rectification and a lack of major influence of external K+ on channel conductance, both being markedly different from other members of Kir channels (Derst [1070]).






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