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OBJECTIVE The outward current flowing through the two-pore domain acid-sensitive potassium channel TASK-1 (I(TASK)) and its inhibition via alpha1-adrenergic receptors was studied in rat ventricular cardiomyocytes. METHODS Quantitative RT-PCR experiments were carried out with mRNA from rat heart. Patch-clamp recordings were performed in isolated rat(More)
Two-pore domain potassium (K(2P)) channels play a key role in setting the membrane potential of excitable cells. Despite their role as putative targets for drugs and general anesthetics, little is known about the structure and the drug binding site of K(2P) channels. We describe A1899 as a potent and highly selective blocker of the K(2P) channel TASK-1. As(More)
We have characterized a sequence motif, EDE, in the proximal C-terminus of the acid-sensitive potassium channel TASK-3. Human TASK-3 channels were expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and the density of the channels at the surface membrane was studied with two complementary techniques: a luminometric surface expression assay of hemagglutinin epitope-tagged TASK-3(More)
Atrial fibrillation and obstructive sleep apnea are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world. There is a high medical need for novel drugs against both diseases, and here, Kv1.5 channels have emerged as promising drug targets. In humans, TASK-1 has an atrium-specific expression and TASK-1 is also abundantly expressed(More)
The interaction of the adaptor protein p11, also denoted S100A10, with the C-terminus of the two-pore-domain K+ channel TASK-1 was studied using yeast two-hybrid analysis, glutathione S-transferase pull-down, and co-immunoprecipitation. We found that p11 interacts with a 40 amino-acid region in the proximal C-terminus of the channel. In heterologous(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of the study was to characterize the whole cell current of the two-pore domain potassium channel TASK-1 (K2P3) in mouse ventricular cardiomyocytes (I(TASK-1)) and to analyze the cardiac phenotype of the TASK-1(-/-) mice. METHODS AND RESULTS We have quantified the ventricular I(TASK-1) current using the blocker A293 and TASK-1(-/-)(More)
Dysfunction of noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC) neurons is involved in psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and is an early hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). The analysis of ion channels underlying the autonomous electrical activity of LC neurons, which is ultimately coupled to cell survival signaling pathways, can lead to a better understanding(More)
Volatile anesthetics have been shown to activate various two-pore (2P) domain K(+) (K(2P)) channels such as TASK-1 and TREK-1 (TWIK-related acid-sensitive K(+) channel), and mice deficient in these channels are resistant to halothane-induced anesthesia. Here, we investigated whether K(2P) channels were also potentially important targets of intravenous(More)
STIM1 'senses' decreases in endoplasmic reticular (ER) luminal Ca(2+) and induces store-operated Ca(2+) (SOC) entry through plasma membrane Orai channels. The Ca(2+)/calmodulin-activated K(+) channel K(Ca)3.1 (previously known as SK4) has been implicated as an 'amplifier' of the Ca(2+)-release activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) current, especially in T lymphocytes. We(More)
The two-pore-domain potassium channels TASK-1 (KCNK3) and TASK-3 (KCNK9) modulate the electrical activity of neurons and many other cell types. We expressed TASK-1, TASK-3 and related reporter constructs in Xenopus oocytes, mammalian cell lines and various yeast strains to study the mechanisms controlling their transport to the surface membrane and the role(More)