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FEBS Lett. 2000 Jan 28;466(2-3):351-4.

pH control of the plant outwardly-rectifying potassium channel SKOR.

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Biochimie et Physiologie Mol├ęculaire des Plantes, Montpellier, France.


SKOR, an Arabidopsis depolarisation-activated K+-selective channel, was expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and external and internal pH effects were analysed. Internal pH was manipulated by injections of alkaline or acidic solutions or by acid load from acetate-containing medium. An internal pH decrease from 7.4 to 7.2 induced a strong (ca. 80%) voltage-independent decrease of the macroscopic SKOR current, the macroscopic gating parameters and the single channel conductance remained unchanged. An external acidification from 7.4 to 6.4 had similar effects. It is proposed that pH changes regulate the number of channels available for activation. Sensitivity of SKOR activity to pH in the physiological range suggests that internal and external pH play a role in the regulation of K+ secretion into the xylem sap.

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