Molecular dissection of the inward rectifier potassium current (IK1) in rabbit cardiomyocytes: evidence for heteromeric co-assembly of Kir2.1 and Kir2.2.

Cardiac inward rectifier K+ currents (IK1) play an important role in maintaining resting membrane potential and contribute to late phase repolarization. Members of the Kir2.x channel family appear to encode for IK1. The purpose of this study was to determine the molecular composition of cardiac IK1 in rabbit ventricle. Western blots revealed that Kir2.1 and… (More)