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In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2013 Mar;49(3):205-11. doi: 10.1007/s11626-013-9590-8. Epub 2013 Feb 27.

Developmental changes of BKCa channels depend on differentiation status in cultured podocytes.

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  • 1College of Life Science, Nankai University, Tianjin, 300071, China.


The podocyte is a remarkable cell type, which encases the capillaries of the kidney glomerulus. Podocytes are of keen interests because of their key roles in kidney development and disease. Large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (BKCa channels) are important ion channels located in podocytes and play the essential role in regulating calcium homeostasis cell signaling. In this research, we studied the undergoing developmental changes of BKCa channels and their contribution to functional maturation of podocytes. Our results showed that the distribution of BKCa channels changed with the maturity of differentiation in a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line. Additionally, the increase of BKCa channel protein expression was detected by immunofluorescence staining with confocal microscopy in podocytes, which was consistent with the increase in the current density of BKCa channels examined by whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Our results suggested that the developmental changes of BKCa channels may help podocytes adapt to changes in pressure gradients occurring in physiological conditions. Those findings may have implications for understanding the physiology and development of kidney and will also serve as a baseline for future studies designed to investigate developmental changes of ion channel expression in podocytes.

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