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FEBS Lett. 1994 Feb 28;340(1-2):104-8.

Deletion of highly conserved C-terminal sequences in the Kv1 K+ channel sub-family does not prevent expression of currents with wild-type characteristics.

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Department of Molecular Physiology, Vanderbilt Medical School, Nashville, TN 37232.


The C-terminal regions of Kv1 K+ channels show little conservation between isoforms except for the last four C-terminal residues, (E/L)TDV, which are well conserved from Drosophila to man. Deletions of the 4, 16, and 57 C-terminal residues of the human Kv1.5 channel did not affect whole cell current amplitude, midpoint of activation, degree of inactivation, or activation kinetics following expression in mouse L-cells. Similar results were obtained with the rat Kv1.1 channel. Therefore, the conserved (E/L)TDV motif, and most of the C-terminal amino acids, are not required for Kv1 channel expression.

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