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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2010 Jan 8;391(2):1262-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.12.056. Epub 2009 Dec 16.

N-linked glycosylation determines cell surface expression of two-pore-domain K+ channel TRESK.

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  • 1Institute of Physiology, Department of Neurophysiology, University of Würzburg, 97070 Würzburg, Germany.


Within the first external loop of mouse and human TRESK subunits one or two N-glycosylation consensus sites were identified, respectively. Using site directed mutagenesis and Western immunoblotting a single residue of both orthologues was found to be glycosylated upon heterologous expression. Two-electrode voltage-clamp recordings from Xenopus oocytes revealed that current amplitudes of N-glycosylation mutants were reduced by 80% as compared to wildtype TRESK. To investigate membrane targeting, GFP-tagged TRESK subunits were expressed in Xenopus oocytes and fluorescence intensity at the cell surface was measured by confocal microscopy. Signals of the N-glycosylation mutants were reduced by >50%, indicating that their lower current amplitudes substantially result from inadequate surface expression of the channel.

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