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The American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 297  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 188 - 197

Identification of the large-conductance background K+ channel in mouse B cells as TREK-2

H Zheng, J. H Nam, B Pang, D. H Shin, J. S Kim, Y. S Chun, J. W Park, H Bang, W. K Kim, Y. E Earm and S. J. Kim    

Abstract:

Mouse B cells and their cell line (WEHI-231) express large-conductance background K+ channels (LKbg) that are activated by arachidonic acids, characteristics similar to TREK-2. However, there is no evidence to identify the molecular nature of LKbg; some properties of LKbg were partly different from the reported results of TREK type channels. In this study, we compared the properties of cloned TREK-2 and LKbg in terms of their sensitivities to ATP, phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), intracellular pH (pHi), and membrane stretch. Similar to the previous findings of LKbg, TREK-2 showed spontaneous activation after membrane excision (i-o patch) and were inhibited by MgATP or by PIP2. The inhibition by MgATP was prevented by wortmannin, suggesting membrane-delimited regulation of TREKs by phosphoinositide (PI) kinase. The same was observed with the property of LKbg; the activation of TREK-2 by membrane stretch was suppressed by U73122 (PLC inhibitor). As with the known properties of TREK-2, LKbg were activated by acidic pHi and inhibited by PKC activator. Finally, we confirmed the expression of TREK-2 in WEHI-231 by using RT-PCR and immunoblot analyses. The amplitude of background K+ current and the TREK-2 expression in WEHI-231 were commonly decreased by genetic knockdown of TREK-2 using small interfering RNA. The downregulation of TREK-2 attenuated Ca2+-influx induced by arachidonic acid in WEHI-231. As a whole, these results strongly indicate that TREK-2 encodes LKbg in mouse B cells. We also newly suggest that the low activity of TREK-2 in intact cells is due to the inhibition by intrinsic PIP2.

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