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Functional expression of the voltage-gated neuronal mammalian potassium channel rat ether à go-go1 in yeast.

Authors
  • Schwarzer, Sarah
  • Kolacna, Lucie
  • Lichtenberg-Fraté, Hella
  • Sychrova, Hana
  • Ludwig, Jost
Type
Published Article
Journal
FEMS yeast research
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
8
Issue
3
Pages
405–413
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1567-1364.2007.00351.x
PMID: 18248412
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

It has been shown previously that heterologous expression of inwardly rectifying potassium channels (K+-channels) from plants and mammals in K+-transport defective yeast mutants can restore the ability of growth in media with low [K+]. In this study, the functional expression of an outward rectifying mammalian K+-channel in yeast is presented for the first time. The outward-rectifying mammalian neuronal K+-channel rat ether à go-go channel 1 (rEAG1, Kv 10.1) was expressed in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) strains lacking the endogenous K+-uptake systems and/or alkali-metal-cation efflux systems. It was found that a truncated channel version, lacking almost the complete intracellular N-terminus (rEAG1 Delta 190) but not the full-length rEAG1, partially complemented the growth defect of K+-uptake mutant cells (trk1,2 Delta tok1 Delta) in media containing low K+ concentrations. The expression of rEAG1 Delta 190 in a strain lacking the cation efflux systems (nha1 Delta ena1-4 Delta) increased the sensitivity to high monovalent cation concentrations. Both phenotypes were observed, when rEAG1 Delta 190 was expressed in a trk1,2 Delta and nha1, ena1-4 Delta mutant strain. In the presence of K+-channel blockers (Cs+, Ba2+ and quinidine), the growth advantage of rEAG1 Delta 190 expressing trk1,2 tok1 Delta cells disappeared, indicating its dependence on functional rEAG1 channels. The results demonstrate that S. cerevisiae is a suitable expression system even for voltage-gated outward-rectifying mammalian K+-channels.

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