Elke Bocksteins

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Voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels are transmembrane tetramers of individual alpha-subunits. Eight different Shaker-related Kv subfamilies have been identified in which the tetramerization domain T1, located on the intracellular N terminus, facilitates and controls the assembly of both homo- and heterotetrameric channels. Only the Kv2 alpha-subunits are(More)
Electrically silent voltage-gated potassium (KvS) α-subunits do not form homotetramers but heterotetramerize with Kv2 subunits, generating functional Kv2/KvS channel complexes in which the KvS subunits modulate the Kv2 current. This poses intriguing questions into the molecular mechanisms by which these KvS subunits cannot form functional homotetramers, why(More)
The voltage-gated potassium channel subunit Kv2.1 forms heterotetrameric channels with the silent subunit Kv6.4. Chimeric Kv2.1 channels containing a single transmembrane segment from Kv6.4 have been shown to be functional. However, a Kv2.1 chimera containing both S1 and S5 from Kv6.4 was not functional. Back mutation of individual residues in this chimera(More)
The Kv2.1 voltage-gated K+ channel is widely expressed throughout mammalian brain, where it contributes to dynamic activity-dependent regulation of intrinsic neuronal excitability. Here we show that somatic plasma membrane Kv2.1 clusters are juxtaposed to clusters of intracellular ryanodine receptor (RyR) Ca2+ -release channels in mouse brain neurons, most(More)
Silent voltage-gated K(+) (K(v)) subunits interact with K(v)2 subunits and primarily modulate the voltage dependence of inactivation of these heterotetrameric channels. Both K(v)2 and silent K(v) subunits are expressed in the mammalian nervous system, but little is known about their expression and function in sensory neurons. This study reports the presence(More)
The voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channel subunit Kv6.4 does not form functional homotetrameric channels but co-assembles with Kv2.1 to form functional Kv2.1/Kv6.4 heterotetrameric channels. Compared to Kv2.1 homotetramers, Kv6.4 exerts a ~40 mV hyperpolarizing shift in the voltage-dependence of Kv2.1/Kv6.4 channel inactivation, without a significant effect on(More)
Delayed rectifier voltage-gated K(+) (K(V)) channels are important determinants of neuronal excitability. However, the large number of K(V) subunits poses a major challenge to establish the molecular composition of the native neuronal K(+) currents. A large part (∼60%) of the delayed rectifier current (I(K)) in small mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons(More)
UNLABELLED The Kv2 family of voltage-gated potassium channel α subunits, comprising Kv2.1 and Kv2.2, mediate the bulk of the neuronal delayed rectifier K(+) current in many mammalian central neurons. Kv2.1 exhibits robust expression across many neuron types and is unique in its conditional role in modulating intrinsic excitability through changes in its(More)
The "silent" voltage-gated potassium (KvS) channel subunit Kv6.4 does not form electrically functional homotetramers at the plasma membrane but assembles with Kv2.1 subunits, generating functional Kv2.1/Kv6.4 heterotetramers. The N-terminal T1 domain determines the subfamily-specific assembly of Kv1-4 subunits by preventing interactions between subunits(More)
The diversity of the voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channel subfamily Kv2 is increased by interactions with auxiliary β-subunits and by assembly with members of the modulatory so-called silent Kv subfamilies (Kv5-Kv6 and Kv8-Kv9). However, it has not yet been investigated whether these two types of modulating subunits can associate within and modify a single(More)