Regions in the carboxy terminus of alpha-bENaC involved in gating and functional effects of actin.

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  • Gating differences occur between the alpha-subunits of the bovine and rat clones of an amiloride-sensitive epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC). Deletion of the carboxy terminus of bovine alpha-ENaC (alpha-bENaC) at R567 converted the gating properties to that of rat alpha-ENaC (alpha-rENaC). The equivalent truncation in alpha-rENaC was without effect on the gating of the rat homologue. The addition of actin to ENaC channels composed of either alpha-rENaC or alpha-bENaC alone produced a twofold reduction in conductance and an increase in open probability. Neither alpha-rENaC (R613X) nor alpha-bENaC (R567X) was responsive to actin. Using a chimera consisting of alpha-rENaC1-615 and alpha-bENaC570-650, we examined several different carboxy-terminal truncation mutants plus and minus actin. When incorporated into planar bilayers, the gating pattern of this construct was identical to wild-type (wt) alpha-bENaC. Premature stop mutations proximal to E685X produced channels with gating patterns like alpha-rENaC. Actin had no effect on the E631X truncation, whereas more distal truncations all interacted with actin, as did wt alpha-bENaC. Key findings were confirmed using channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes and studied by cell-attached patch-clamp recording. Our results suggest that the site of actin regulation at the carboxy terminus of the chimera is located between residues 631 and 644.
  • Keywords

  • Actins, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Binding Sites, Cattle, Epithelial Sodium Channels, Ion Channel Gating, Lipid Bilayers, Molecular Sequence Data, Oocytes, Patch-Clamp Techniques, Protein Structure, Tertiary, Rats, Recombinant Fusion Proteins, Sequence Alignment, Sequence Deletion, Sodium Channels, Xenopus laevis
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    Author List

  • Copeland SJ; Berdiev BK; Ji HL; Lockhart J; Parker S; Fuller CM; Benos DJ
  • Start Page

  • C231
  • End Page

  • C240
  • Volume

  • 281
  • Issue

  • 1