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Cell. 2007 Aug 10;130(3):563-9.

Does sumoylation control K2P1/TWIK1 background K+ channels?

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Institut de Pharmacologie Mol├ęculaire et Cellulaire, CNRS UMR6097, Institut Paul Hamel, 660, route des lucioles, 06560 Valbonne, France.


A novel model for the regulation of cell excitability has recently been proposed. It originates from the observation that the background K(+) channel K2P1 (TWIK1) may be silenced by sumoylation in Xenopus oocytes and that inactivation of the putative sumoylation site (mutation K274E) gives rise to robust current expression in transfected COS-7 cells. Here, we show that only the mutation K274E, and not K274R, is associated with an increase of K2P1 current density, suggesting a charge effect of K274E. Furthermore, we failed to observe any band shift by western blot analysis that would confirm an eventual sumoylation of K2P1 in COS-7 cells and oocytes.

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