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1 Potassium Channels Roger Thompson BSC5936 Membrane Biophysics Spring 2005 Florida State University

2 Armstrong & Hille (1998)Neuron 20: Evolution of the superfamily of voltage- gated channels.

3 Structure Inner & Outer membrane face –Layers of aromatic amino acids Tryptophan Tyrosine –Forms cuff around pore –Pulls pore open like springs

4 More structure Two gating theories –Ball and chain –Paddle Selectivity filter –A narrow region near outer face of membrane –Contains glycine-tyrosine-glycine residues –Is lined with carbonyl backbone –Ions travel through in single file

5 Ball and Chain Theory When the channel is open (center), any one of the four inactivation balls can inactivate the channel (right). Inactivation for a Na + channel is similar, but there is a single inactivaton ball. Armstrong & Hille (1998) Neuron 20:

6 Paddle Theory

7 Armstrong & Hille (1998)Neuron 20: Structure of voltage-gated ion channels. Functional components (A) and peptide folding (B) are shown diagrammatically with P regions in red and the S4 segment in pink.

8 Papazian (1999) Neuron 23: 7-10 Putative membrane topologies of K + channel subunits. A) voltage- gated K + channel. B) the K ATP channel

9 Armstrong & Hille (1998)Neuron 20: Cross section of the P region, S5, and S6 of a K + channel.

10 Types of K + Channels Voltage-gated Inward Rectifying Ca 2+ sensitive ATP-sensitive Na + activated Cell volume sensitive Type A Receptor-coupled

11 Voltage-gated 6 transmembrane domains 4 subunits surround central pore (S5 & S6 regions of each subunit Selectivity filter (P region) –Hydrophobic sequence between last 2 TMD; contains Gly-Tyr-Gly Voltage sensor (S4) has multiple positively charged amino acids

12 Voltage-gated con’t Activated by depolarization Present in both excitable and nonexcitable cells Functions –Regulate resting membrane potential –Control of the shape and frequency of action potentials

13 Gulbis etal., (2000) Science 289: Composite model of a voltage-dependent K + channel. The  subunit is shown in red and the  subunit in blue.

14 KirBac1.1 structure consisting of an all  -helical integral membrane section plus an intracellular domain consisting mostly of  -sheet. Kuo etal., (2003) Science 300:

15 Functions of Delayed Rectifier K + Channels Delayed activation; slow inactivation Allows efficient repolarization after action potential Structure: tetramer of  -subunits   subunits Can be blocked by –4-aminopyridine, Dendrotoxins, Phencyclidine, Phalloidin, 9-aminoacridine, Margatoxin, Imperator toxin, Charybdotoxin

16 Inwardly Rectifying K + Channel 2 transmembrane regions (M1 & M2) –Corresponds to S5 & S6 in Kv channel 4 subunits surround central pore P region separates M1 and M2 Non-conducting at positive membrane potentials Blocked by external Ba ++

17 Functions of Inward Rectifier K + Channels Maintains resting membrane potential near E k Contributes to cell excitability Non-conducting at ( +) membrane potentials

18 Ca 2+ Sensitive K + Channels Generate membrane potential oscillations 4 protein subunits External surface contains selective K + filter Inner cavity accommodates a hydrated K + ion 2 Ca 2+ ions binds to RCK domains; interact & regulate gate

19 3 Types Ca 2+ Sensitive K + Channels High conductance (BK) channels –Gated by internal Ca 2+ and membrane potential –Conductance = 100 to 220 picoSiemens (pS) Intermediate conductance (IK) channels –Gated only by internal Ca 2+ –More sensitive than BK channels –Conductance = 20 to 85 pS Small conductance (SK) channels –Gated only by internal Ca 2+ –More sensitive than BK channels –Conductance = 2 to 20 pS

20 ATP-sensitive K + Channels ATP-inhibited Inwardly rectifying pH sensitive Tetramer of 2 TM domains Functions as glucose sensor in  -cells Blockers include Lidocaine

21 Na + Activated K + Channels Voltage-insensitive Blocked by Mg ++ or Ba ++

22 Cell Volume Sensitive K + Channels Activated by increased cell volume Blocked by Lidocaine

23 Type A K + Channels Possible regulation of fast repolarizing phase of action potentials: delay spiking Tetramer of  -subunits + intracellular  - subunits  -subunits may confer rapid inactivation Blockers include Phencyclidine and Dendrotoxins

24 Receptor-coupled K + channels Blockers include Ba ++, Bradykinin, Cs +, TEA and Quinine Two types –Muscarinic-inactivated Slow activation Non-inactivating Non-rectifying –Atrial muscarinic-activated Inward rectifying Muscarinic = acetylcholinergic

25 Additionally Greater tendency to allow K + to flow into cell than to flow out Regulated by extracellular K + concentration Inward rectification due mainly to internal magnesium block of outward current Dependent on interaction with phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP 2 )

26 Paper 1 The structure of the potassium channel: Molecular basis of K + conduction and selectivity Doyle et al. (1998) Science 280:69-77

27 How determined? X-ray crystallography and site-directed mutagenesis Data refinement to 3.2Å

28 Findings Inverted teepee shape Selectivity filter diameter = 12Å Carbonyl O 2 line selectivity filter K + is x more permeable than Na + Both side of pore are (-) charged The pore is hydrophobic

29 Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280: Inverted teepee architecture of the tetramer. Fig. 3

30 Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280:69-77 Stereoview of a ribbon representation illustrating the three dimensional fold of the KcsA tetramer viewed from the extracellular side. The four subunits are distinguished by color. CS : Streptomyces lividans Fig. 3

31 Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280: Stereoview perpendicular to membrane. Carboxyl orientation shown in white. Fig. 3

32 Ribbon representation of the tetramer as an integral- membrane protein. Aromatic amino acids are displayed in black. Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280: Fig. 3

33 Two mechanisms by which the K + channel stabilizes a cation in the middle of the membrane. First, a large aqueous cavity stabilizes an ion (green) in the otherwise hydrophobic membrane interior. Second, oriented helices point their partial negative charge (carboxyl end, red) towards the cavity where a cation is located. Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280: Fig. 7

34 A cutaway stereoview displaying the solvent-accessible surface of the K + channel colored according to physical properties. Blue – high positive charge; Red – negative charge Yellow – hydrophobic C atoms; Green – K + ion positions; White – neutral charge Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280: Fig. 4

35 A three-dimensional stick model representation of the minimum radial distance from the center of the channel pore to the nearest van der Waals protein contact. Doyle etal., (1998)Science 280: Fig. 4

36 Paper 2 Contribution of the S4 segment to gating charge in the Shaker K + channel Aggarwal & MacKinnon (1996) Neuron 16:

37 Hypothesis testing Used Shaker K + channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes Neutralized positive charges in the S4 segment Measured reduction in gating charge. This reduction would represent the contribution of the positively charged residue to the gating charge of the channel

38 How tested? Mutagenesis to create AgTX combined with tritiated N-ethylmaleimide Based on extinction coefficient of nontritiated NEM-labeled AgTX, the specific activity of radiolabeled toxin was determined by measuring disintegrations per min as a function of toxin concentration

39 Aggarwal & MacKinnon (1996) Neuron 16: A)Fraction of channels bound by inhibitor (circles) and fraction blocked (triangles) at different concentrations of radiolabeledAgTX 1 D20C and unlabled AgTX, respectively. B)Tritiated AgTX 1 D20C binding data for oocytes expressing Shaker K + channels. U = uninjected, I = oocytes expressing channels, C= 40X conc. Injection of unlabeled AgTX Fig. 2

40 Aggarwal & MacKinnon (1996) Neuron 16: B) Repolarization-induced currents integrated over time to give total charge, and plotted as a function of pulse potential (Q-V). Dashed line= linear capacitance of the cell and voltage clamp system; nonlinear component = gating charge movement D) Q-V plot of repolarization-induced current is linear. Fig. 3

41 Aggarwal & MacKinnon (1996) Neuron 16: E) Correlation plot mapping total gating charge (q) in electron charge units as a function of total channel number (n) for several oocytes expressing Shaker K + channels. The line corresponds to a linear regression fit using the method of least squares with a 95% confidence interval. Fig. 3

42 Gating charge movement (q/n) for the wild-type Shaker K + channel and charge-neutralizing (B) and charge-conserving (C) S4 mutations as a function of pulse potential. D) A model of Shaker K + gating in which the S4 segment undergoes a change in secondary structure. Aggarwal & MacKinnon (1996) Neuron 16: Fig. 7

43 Paper 3 The orientation and molecular movement of a K + channel voltage- sensing domain Gandhi et al. (2003) Neuron 40:

44 What? New model of voltage sensing domain –where S4 lies in the lipid, at the channel periphery –and moves through the membrane –as a unit with a portion of S3

45 How tested? By accessibility of thiol-reactive probes –Tetramethylrhodamine maleimide (TMRM) –Methanethiosulfonate (MTS) reagents MTSET and MTSES Disulfide scanning experiments

46 Conclusions found that the S1-S3 helices have one end that is externally exposed that S3 does not undergo a transmembrane motion and S4 lies in close apposition to the pore domain in the resting and activated state

47 A)K v AP structure and the activated state paddle model labeled to indicate several sites examined for S-S bonds formation between S4 and the pore domain and for state- dependent accessibility to MTS reagents. B)Cartoon representation of the resting and activated state paddle model. Gandhi etal., 2003 Neuron 40: Fig. 1

48 Gandhi etal., 2003 Neuron 40: Disulfide bond formation between S4 and the pore region. Fig. 3

49 Gandhi etal., 2003 Neuron 40: Disulfide bond between position 355C and 422c eliminates gating current. Fig. 4

50 Gandhi etal., 2003 Neuron 40: Disulfide bonding to S5 depends on the location of the S3-S4/S4 cysteine and on the gating state. Fig. 5

51 Gandhi etal., 2003 Neuron 40: Membrane topology of the K v AP S1-S4 fragment and possible interaction surface with the pore domain. Fig. 6

52 Gandhi etal., Neuron 40: Accessibility and disulfide bonding results mapped suggest an alternative to the paddle theory. Fig. 7

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