Description: potassium voltage-gated channel, shaker-related subfamily, member 7
Gene: Kcna7     Synonyms: Kv1.7, kcna7, HAK6

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Kv1.7 (Kcna7) channels belong to the Kv1 family of voltage-activated potassium channels. They are indispensable for the electrical excitability of nerve and muscle fibers because they are responsible for cell membrane repolarization after initiation of an action potential. [386]. Pharmacological properties of the Kv1.7 channel closely resemble that of the ultra-rapidly activating delayed rectifier (IKur) in cardiac tissue. This current plays a central role in cardiac atria repolarization that was largely believed to correspond to the activity of the Kv1.5 channel (Sigmaaldrich)

Experimental data



The murine Kv1.7 channels are encoded by the Kcna7 gene, composed of two exons separated by a 1.9-kb intron, and it is located in the mouse chromosome 7 [388].

RGD ID Chromosome Position Species
1309632 1 95878091-95883583 Rat
1320075 7 52661330-52666752 Mouse
1320074 19 49570675-49576198 Human

Kcna7 : potassium voltage-gated channel, shaker-related subfamily, member 7



Acc No Sequence Length Source
NM_001108914 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_010596 n/A n/A NCBI
NM_031886 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: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

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a naturally occurring cone-snail peptide toxin, Conkunitzin-S1, blocks Kv1.7 channels to provide an intrinsically limited, finely graded control of total beta cell delayed rectifier current and hence of glucose stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) : 100% washout [1650]

ShK Toxin/Noxiustoxin/Margatoxin

The mKv1.7 channel is also potently blocked by a peptide (ShK toxin) obtained from sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus(IC50 = 13 nM), and by the scorpion toxins, noxiustoxin (IC50 = 18 nM) and margatoxin (IC50 = 116 nM) [388]


Kv1.7 is insensitive to tetraethylammonium (because residue is hydrophobic) [388]


The channel was resistant to charybdotoxin (IC50 >1000 nM) and kaliotoxin (IC50 >1000 nM) [388]


Pharmacological sensitivity of the mKv1.7 channel were performed, IC50 values in each case being determined when block reached steady-state. The channel was blocked by several non-peptide small molecule antagonists, 4-aminopyridine (IC50 = 245 μM), capsaicin (25 μM), cromakalim (450 μM), tedisamil (18 μM), nifedipine (13 μM), diltiazem (65 μM), and resiniferatoxin (20 μM). Surprisingly, the dihydroquinoline compound, CP-339,818, that blocks rapidly inactivating Kv1 channels in the nanomolar range (30), had little effect on mKv1.7 (IC50 = 10 μM) [388]

Anti-arythmic drugs

amiodarone (Kd=35±muM), flecainide (Kd=8±muM) and quinidine (Kd=15±2 muM). all block kv1.7 [387]



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The N-terminal region of the Kv channels plays important regulatory roles, including inactivation kinetics [593], [594], [595], [557], [596], [597], subunit recognition [598], [599] and redox modulation of the currents flowing through those channels [600], [601]. Hence, the differences among N-terminal regions of Kv channels can result in important functional differences between the different molecular forms of Kv channels. [386].

Kv1.7 Antibody Mechanism of Action

Kv1.3 Kinetics [1650] a highly specific antibody directed against the intracellular N-terminus domain of the Kv1.7 protein. Activity of the antibody was confirmed in mouse samples. The antibody will not recognize the human Kv1.7 protein (Alomone Labs)


The deduced mKv1.7 protein consists of 532 amino acids and contains six putative membrane-spanning domains, S1–S6. The hydrophobic core of this protein shares considerable sequence similarity with otherShaker family channels, while the intracellular N and C termini and the external loops between S1/S2 and S3/S4 show little conservation. The protein contains conserved sites for post-translational modifications. As do all other Shaker-related channels, mKv1.7 has a potential tyrosine kinase phosphorylation site (RPSFDAVLY) in its N-terminal region; the proline-rich stretch within the N terminus may be a binding site for SH3 domains of tyrosine kinases. Two protein kinase C consensus sites (Ser/Thr-X-Arg/Lys) are present in the cytoplasmic loop between S4 and S5 of mKv1.7; at least one of these sites is present in all members of the Kv1 family. mKv1.7, like Kv1.6, lacks anN-glycosylation site in the extracellular loop linking the S1 and S2 transmembrane segments; this consensus sequence is conserved in all other Kv1 family genes [388]



Nephron: Kv1.7 in podocytes

Members of the Kv1 channel family display specific expression patterns in the nephron. Expression of Kv1.7 channels was reported in podocytes [2046]

Beta cells

Kv1.7 channels in the membrane of beta cells plays a role in the repetitive electrical spiking activity needed for glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). Kv 1.7 channel contribute to the repolarizing current of beta cells during GSIS [1650]

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Transcripts of the Kcna7 gene are reported present in several tissues, including strong expression in the heart and skeletal muscle [386] Kv1.7 is also expressed in human the human kidney [1651]


Kcna7 transcripts have been found in the mouse mesenteric artery [602] as well as in the rat main and small pulmonary arteries [603]

A Northern blot of poly(A)+ RNA from mouse heart, brain, spleen, lung, liver, skeletal muscle, kidney, and testis was probed with the mouse Kv1.7-specific 3′-noncoding region sequence [388]

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Neuronal function

mRNAs for Kv1.7 and Kv3.4 are highly abundant in both the atrium and ventricle, which might indicate a functional role of these ion channel subunits in the formation of action potential in the human ventricle and both in the atrium and ventricle, respectively [1652]

Type 2 Diabetes

Conk-S1 increases GSIS in isolated rat islets, likely by reducing Kv1.7-mediated delayed rectifier currents in beta cells, which yields increases in action potential firing and cytoplasmic free calcium. In rats, Conk-S1 increases glucose-dependent insulin secretion without decreasing basal glucose. Thus, we conclude that Kv1.7 contributes to the membrane-repolarizing current of beta cells during GSIS and that block of this specific component of beta cell Kv current offers a potential strategy for enhancing GSIS with minimal risk of hypoglycaemia during metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes [1650]

Cardiac Channel

Characterisation of the human voltage-gated potassium channel gene, KCNA7, a candidate gene for inherited cardiac disorders, and its exclusion as cause of progressive familial heart block I (PFHBI) [387]

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Kv1.7 Kinetics

Kv1.3 Kinetics [1650] A. Whole-cell current traces. Effect of 1 mM Conk-S1 on currents through hKv1.7 channels expressed in tsA-201 cells evoked by depolarization to 0 or 40 mV (Vh=- 80 mV)

Kinetics in Mouse Heart Muscle

Kv1.3 Kinetics [386]

Kv1.7 channels from mouse heart muscle have two putative translation initiation start sites that generate two channel isoforms with different functional characteristics, mKv1.7L (489 aa) and a shorter mKv1.7S (457 aa). The electrophysiological analysis of mKv1.7L and mKv1.7S channels revealed that the two channel isoforms have different inactivation kinetics. The channel resulting from the longer protein (L) inactivates faster than the shorter channels (S). Our data supports the hypothesis that mKv1.7L channels inactivate predominantly due to an N-type related mechanism, which is impaired in the mKv1.7S form. [386]

Single Channel Current

The mouse Kv1.7 channel is voltage-dependent and rapidly inactivating, exhibits cumulative inactivation, and has a single channel conductance of 21 pS. In an outside-out patch by applying 450-ms voltage ramps from −90 to 80 mV every second, single channel events were seen at potentials more positive than ∼−15 mV [388] Kv1.3 Kinetics [1650]

Kv1.7 currents in tsA-201 cells

Whole-cell current traces were recorded in tsA-201 cells expressing hKv1.7 channels. The currents were evoked by depolarization to 0 mV or to 40mV from a holding voltage of -80mV. Currents facilitated by the human homologue of Kv1.7. resembled those of the mouse short isoform of Kv1.7. [1650]





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