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Am J Physiol. 1995 Jul;269(1 Pt 2):H385-91.

Time- and voltage-dependent modulation of a Kv1.4 channel by a beta-subunit (Kv beta 3) cloned from ferret ventricle.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham 27710, USA.


In mammals, voltage-gated K+ channels can be made of complexes containing alpha-subunits similar to the Shaker K+ channel and smaller cytoplasmic beta-subunits. Recent studies have suggested that these ancillary beta-subunits can modulate K+ channel gating properties. We studied the effects of a K+ channel beta-subunit, Kv beta 3, coexpressed with a Kv1.4 alpha-subunit, FK1, on the time and voltage dependence of channel activation, inactivation, recovery from inactivation, and deactivation, using an oocyte expression system. Kv beta 3 was found to accelerate both the fast and the slow component of Kv1.4 inactivation. Kv beta 3 also altered the relative contributions of the two components of inactivation by increasing the contribution of the slow component to the inactivation process. Kv beta 3 slowed recovery from inactivation for Kv1.4, but not for a Kv1.4 deletion mutant lacking N-type inactivation. Finally, steady-state activation and the time course of Kv1.4 current activation were not strongly influenced by Kv beta 3; however, deactivation was slowed in the presence of Kv beta 3. This study suggests that Kv beta 3 alters channel states which follow activation.

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