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Structural insights into the functional interaction of KChIP1 with Shal-type K(+) channels.

Authors: Zhou, W  Qian, Y  Kunjilwar, K  Pfaffinger, PJ  Choe, S 
Citation: Zhou W, etal., Neuron. 2004 Feb 19;41(4):573-86.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:14980206

Four Kv channel-interacting proteins (KChIP1 through KChIP4) interact directly with the N-terminal domain of three Shal-type voltage-gated potassium channels (Kv4.1, Kv4.2, and Kv4.3) to modulate cell surface expression and function of Kv4 channels. Here we report a 2.0 Angstrom crystal structure of the core domain of KChIP1 (KChIP1*) in complex with the N-terminal fragment of Kv4.2 (Kv4.2N30). The complex reveals a clam-shaped dimeric assembly. Four EF-hands from each KChIP1 form each shell of the clam. The N-terminal end of Kv4.2 forming an alpha helix (alpha1) and the C-terminal alpha helix (H10) of KChIP1 are enclosed nearly coaxially by these shells. As a result, the H10 of KChIP1 and alpha1 of Kv4.2 mediate interactions between these two molecules, structurally reminiscent of the interactions between calmodulin and its target peptides. Site-specific mutagenesis combined with functional characterization shows that those interactions mediated by alpha1 and H10 are essential to the modulation of Kv4.2 by KChIPs.


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CRRD ID: 1581450
Created: 2006-10-04
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2006-10-04
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