A unique mechanism of inactivation gating of the Kv channel family member Kv7.1 and its modulation by PIP2 and calmodulin

Maya Lipinsky, William Sam Tobelaim, Asher Peretz, Luba Simhaev, Adva Yeheskel, Daniel Yakubovich, Guy Lebel, Yoav Paas, Joel A. Hirsch, Bernard Attali

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Inactivation of voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channels mostly occurs by fast N-type or/and slow C-type mechanisms. Here, we characterized a unique mechanism of inactivation gating comprising two inactivation states in a member of the Kv channel superfamily, Kv7.1. Removal of external Ca2+ in wild-type Kv7.1 channels produced a large, voltage-dependent inactivation, which differed from N- or C-type mechanisms. Glu295 and Asp317 located, respectively, in the turret and pore entrance are involved in Ca2+ coordination, allowing Asp317 to form H-bonding with the pore helix Trp304, which stabilizes the selectivity filter and prevents inactivation. Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) and Ca2+-calmodulin prevented Kv7.1 inactivation triggered by Ca2+-free external solutions, where Ser182 at the S2-S3 linker relays the calmodulin signal from its inner boundary to the external pore to allow proper channel conduction. Thus, we revealed a unique mechanism of inactivation gating in Kv7.1, exquisitely controlled by external Ca2+ and allosterically coupled by internal PIP2 and Ca2+-calmodulin.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabd6922
JournalScience advances
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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This work was supported by a grant from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF 1365/17) to B.A., who holds the Andy Libach Professorial Chair in clinical pharmacology and toxicology. J.A.H. was supported by an Israel Science Foundation grant 1500/16.

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