Incomplete inactivation of voltage-dependent K+ channels in human B lymphoma cells

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  • The voltage-dependent K (K ) channel in Daudi human B lymphoma cells was characterized by using patch-clamp techniques. Whole-cell voltage-clamp experiments demonstrated that cell membrane depolarization induced a transient (time-dependent) outward current followed by a steady-state (time-independent) component. The time-dependent current resembled behavior of the type n channel, such as use dependence and a unique blockade by tetraethylammonium (TEA). Both time-dependent and time-independent currents were blocked by quinine with a similar IC (14.2 μM and 12.6 μM). Treatment with antisense oligonucleotide of human Kv1.3 gene significantly reduced both currents by 80%. Single-channel experiments showed that only one type of K channel was recorded with a unitary conductance of approximately 19 pS. Consistent with whole-cell recordings, the channel activity in cell-attached patches remained in response to prolonged depolarization, and the remaining channel activity was blocked by quinine, but not TEA. Channel activity was scarcely seen in cell-attached patches after antisense treatment. Whole-cell current-clamp data showed that TEA, which blocks only the time-dependent current, caused a slight decrease in the membrane potential. In contrast, quinine and antisense, which block both time-dependent and -independent currents, strongly reduced the membrane potential. These data together suggest that the K channel in Daudi cells does not completely inactivate and that the remaining channel activity due to this incomplete inactivation appears to be primarily responsible for maintaining the membrane potential. V 50 V V
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  • Zhou ZH; Unlap T; Li L; Ma HP
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  • 97
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  • 105
  • Volume

  • 188
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  • 2