KCNA2 (Potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily A member 2)
FEATURES
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ORGANISM
Oryctolagus cuniculus
FAMILY
DESCRIPTION
Also known as KCNA2_RABIT, KCNA2. Voltage-gated potassium channel that mediates transmembrane potassium transport in excitable membranes, primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, but also in the cardiovascular system. Prevents aberrant action potential firing and regulates neuronal output. Forms tetrameric potassium-selective channels through which potassium ions pass in accordance with their electrochemical gradient. The channel alternates between opened and closed conformations in response to the voltage difference across the membrane (PubMed:11717161). Can form functional homotetrameric channels and heterotetrameric channels that contain variable proportions of KCNA1, KCNA2, KCNA4, KCNA5, KCNA6, KCNA7, and possibly other family members as well; channel properties depend on the type of alpha subunits that are part of the channel (PubMed:11717161). Channel properties are modulated by cytoplasmic beta subunits that regulate the subcellular location of the alpha subunits and promote rapid inactivation of delayed rectifier potassium channels (By similarity). In vivo, membranes probably contain a mixture of heteromeric potassium channel complexes, making it difficult to assign currents observed in intact tissues to any particular potassium channel family member. Homotetrameric KCNA2 forms a delayed-rectifier potassium channel that opens in response to membrane depolarization, followed by slow spontaneous channel closure (PubMed:11717161, PubMed:19389710). In contrast, a heteromultimer formed by KCNA2 and KCNA4 shows rapid inactivation (By similarity). Regulates neuronal excitability and plays a role as pacemaker in the regulation of neuronal action potentials (By similarity). KCNA2-containing channels play a presynaptic role and prevent hyperexcitability and aberrant action potential firing (By similarity). Response to toxins that are selective for KCNA2-containing potassium channels suggests that in Purkinje cells, dendritic subthreshold KCNA2-containing potassium channels prevent random spontaneous calcium spikes, suppressing dendritic hyperexcitability without hindering the generation of somatic action potentials, and thereby play an important role in motor coordination (By similarity). Plays a role in the induction of long-term potentiation of neuron excitability in the CA3 layer of the hippocampus (By similarity). May function as down-stream effector for G protein-coupled receptors and inhibit GABAergic inputs to basolateral amygdala neurons (By similarity). May contribute to the regulation of neurotransmitter release, such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) (By similarity). Contributes to the regulation of the axonal release of the neurotransmitter dopamine (By similarity). Reduced KCNA2 expression plays a role in the perception of neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve injury, but not acute pain (By similarity). Plays a role in the regulation of the time spent in non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep (By similarity). Homotetramer and heterotetramer with other channel-forming alpha subunits, such as KCNA1, KCNA4, KCNA5, KCNA6 and KCNA7. Channel activity is regulated by interaction with the beta subunits, including KCNAB1 and KCNAB2. Identified in a complex with KCNA1 and KCNAB2 (By similarity). Identified in a complex with KCNA4 and FYN (PubMed:11149959). Identified in a complex with KCNA5 and KCNAB1 (PubMed:11717160). Interacts with the beta subunit KCNAB1 (PubMed:11717160,). Interacts with PTK2B (By similarity). Interacts (via C-terminus) with CTTN (By similarity). Interacts (via N-terminal cytoplasmic domain) with RHOA (GTP-bound form); this regulates channel activity by reducing location at the cell surface in response to CHRM1 activation (By similarity). Interacts with DRD2 (By similarity). Interacts with SIGMAR1; cocaine consumption leads to increased interaction (By similarity). Interacts with ADAM22 (By similarity). Interacts with CNTNAP2 (By similarity). Interacts (via C-terminus) with the PDZ domains of DLG1, DLG2 and DLG4 (By similarity).
Also known as KCNA2_RABIT, KCNA2. Voltage-gated potassium channel that mediates transmembrane potassium transport in excitable membranes, primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, but also in the cardiovascular system. Prevents aberrant action potential firing and regulates neuronal output. Forms tetrameric potassium-selective channels
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KCNA2

Potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily A member 2

Molecular Synopsis