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Calcium-activated potassium channel

Calcium-activated potassium channels are potassium channels gated by calcium, or are structurally or phylogenetically related to calcium gated channels. In humans they are divided into BK channels, IK channels, and SK channels based on their conductance (big, intermediate, and small conductance).

This family of ion channels is, for the most part, activated by intracellular Ca2+ and contains 8 members in the human genome. However, some of these channels (the KCa4 and KCa5 channels) are responsive instead other intracellular ligands, such as Na+, Cl, and pH. Furthermore, multiple members of family are both ligand and voltage activated, further complicating the description of this family. The KCa channel α subunits have six or seven transmembrane segments, similar to the KV channels but occasionally with an additional N-terminal transmembrane helix. The α subunits make homo- and hetero-tetrameric complexes. The calcium binding domain may be contained in the α subunit sequence, as in KCa1, or may be through an additional calcium binding protein such as calmodulin.

Homology classification

Human KCa Channels

Below is a list of the 8 known human calcium-activated potassium channel grouped according to sequence homology of transmembrane hydrophobic cores:[1]

BK channel

SK channel

IK channel

Other subfamilies

Prokaryotic KCa Channels

A number of prokaryotic KCa channels have been described, both structurally and functionally. All are either gated by calcium or other ligands and are homologus to the human KCa channels, in particular the KCa1.1 gating ring. These structures have served as templates for ligand gating.

Protein Species Ligand Function Reference
Kch Escherichia coli Unknown Channel [2][3]
MthK Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus Calcium, Cadmium, Barium, pH Channel [4][5][6][7][8]
TrkA/TrkH Vibrio parahaemolyticus ATP, ADP Channel [9][10]
KtrAB Bacillus subtilis ATP, ADP Transporter [11]
GsuK Geobacter sulfurreducens Calcium, ADP, NAD Channel [12]
TM1088 Thermotoga maritima Unknown Unknown [13]

See also


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