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Cell Calcium. 2012 Feb;51(2):131-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ceca.2011.11.011. Epub 2011 Dec 26.

Hypotonicity-induced TRPV4 function in renal collecting duct cells: modulation by progressive cross-talk with Ca2+-activated K+ channels.

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Dept. of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


The mouse cortical collecting duct (CCD) M-1 cells were grown to confluency on coverslips to assess the interaction between TRPV4 and Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels. Immunocytochemistry demonstrated strong expression of TRPV4, along with the CCD marker, aquaporin-2, and the Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels, the small conductance SK3 (K(Ca)2.3) channel and large conductance BKα channel (K(Ca)1.1). TRPV4 overexpression studies demonstrated little physical dependency of the K(+) channels on TRPV4. However, activation of TRPV4 by hypotonic swelling (or GSK1016790A, a selective agonist) or inhibition by the selective antagonist, HC-067047, demonstrated a strong dependency of SK3 and BK-α activation on TRPV4-mediated Ca(2+) influx. Selective inhibition of BK-α channel (Iberiotoxin) or SK3 channel (apamin), thereby depolarizing the cells, further revealed a significant dependency of TRPV4-mediated Ca(2+) influx on activation of both K(+) channels. It is concluded that a synergistic cross-talk exists between the TRPV4 channel and SK3 and BK-α channels to provide a tight functional regulation between the channel groups. This cross-talk may be progressive in nature where the initial TRPV4-mediated Ca(2+) influx would first activate the highly Ca(2+)-sensitive SK3 channel which, in turn, would lead to enhanced Ca(2+) influx and activation of the less Ca(2+)-sensitive BK channel.

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