N. P. Sahoo

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The Kcnh1 gene encodes a voltage-gated potassium channel highly expressed in neurons and involved in tumor cell proliferation, yet its physiological roles remain unclear. We have used the zebrafish as a model to analyze Kcnh1 function in vitro and in vivo. We found that the kcnh1 gene is duplicated in teleost fish (i.e. kcnh1a and kcnh1b) and that both(More)
Voltage-dependent human ether à go-go (hEAG1) potassium channels are implicated in neuronal signaling as well as in cancer cell proliferation. Unique sensitivity of the channel to intracellular Ca(2+) is mediated by calmodulin (CaM) binding to the intracellular N- and C-termini of the channel. Here we show that application of the acidic calcium-binding(More)
Fine-tuned regulation of K(+) channel inactivation enables excitable cells to adjust action potential firing. Fast inactivation present in some K(+) channels is mediated by the distal N-terminal structure (ball) occluding the ion permeation pathway. Here we show that Kv1.4 K(+) channels are potently regulated by intracellular free heme; heme binds to the(More)
A-type K(+) channels open on membrane depolarization and undergo subsequent rapid inactivation such that they are ideally suited for fine-tuning the electrical signaling in neurons and muscle cells. Channel inactivation mostly follows the so-called ball-and-chain mechanism, in which the N-terminal structures of either the K(+) channel's α or β subunits(More)
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