KCNK16 Membrane Protein Introduction

Introduction of KCNK16

KCNK16, the full name is potassium channel subfamily K member 16, also known as 2P domain potassium channel Talk-1, TWIK-related alkaline pH-activated K(+) channel 1 (TALK-1). KCNK16, which codes for the TALK-1 channel, is the most abundant K+ channel transcript found in human pancreatic islets β-cells. The secondary structure of TALK-1 contains four transmembrane domains, two extracellular loops, and intracellular N- and C-termini. There are four human TALK-1 transcript variants, including two that form functional K+ channels: TALK-1a (transcript variant 2 (T2)) and TALK1-b (transcript variant 3 (T3)). Similar to several other K2P channels, TALK-1 is sensitive to pH, and it increases activity under alkaline conditions, while decreases activity under acidic conditions.

Basic Information of KCNK16
Protein Name Potassium channel subfamily K member 16
Gene Name KCNK16
Aliases 2P domain potassium channel Talk-1, TWIK-related alkaline pH-activated K(+) channel 1 (TALK-1)
Organism Homo sapiens (Human)
UniProt ID Q96T55
Transmembrane Times 4
Length (aa) 309

Function of KCNK16 Membrane Protein

The TALK-1 K+ channel regulates beta cell electrical excitability by polarizing beta cell membrane potential (Vm). Islet beta cells from TALK-1 knockout (KO) mice showed increased Vm depolarization, increased Ca2+ influx and elevated second phase glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). In addition, non-synonymous polymorphisms in TALK-1 (rs1535500) resulted in the replacement of 277 alanine (A) with glutamate (E), which is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. This polymorphism leads to a gain-of-function (GOF) of TALK-1 channel that increases its open probability, predicts its hyperpolarized beta cell Vm and decreases Ca2+ influx and insulin secretion.

Dendrogram of 2P domain K<sup>+</sup> channels. Fig.1 Dendrogram of 2P domain K+ channels.

Application of KCNK16 Membrane Protein in Literature

  1. Vierra N.C., et al. TALK-1 reduces delta-cell endoplasmic reticulum and cytoplasmic calcium levels limiting somatostatin secretion. Mol Metab. 2018, 9:84-97. PubMed ID: 29402588

    These data indicated that TALK-1 reduced cytosolic Ca2+ elevations of δ-cell and somatostatin released by limiting δ-cell Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release (CICR), modulating the intraislet paracrine signaling mechanisms that controlled glucagon secretion.

  2. Vierra N.C., et al. TALK-1 channels control β cell endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ homeostasis. Sci Signal. 2017, 10(497). PubMed ID: 28928238

    The data herein established TALK-1 channel as a key regulator of ER Ca(2+) in β-cells, and suggested that TALK-1 may be a therapeutic target for reducing ER Ca(2+) treatment defected in β-cells during the pathogenesis of diabetes.

  3. Dickerson M.T., et al. Osteopontin activates the diabetes-associated potassium channel TALK-1 in pancreatic β-cells. PLoS One. 2017, 12(4):e0175069. PubMed ID: 28403169

    The TALK-1/iOPN complex caused Vm hyperpolarization and reduced β-cell glucose-stimulated Ca2+ influx, which is predicted to inhibit glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS).

  4. Vierra N.C., et al. Type 2 Diabetes-Associated K+ Channel TALK-1 Modulates β-Cell Electrical Excitability, Second-Phase Insulin Secretion, and Glucose Homeostasis. Diabetes. 2015, 64(11):3818-28. PubMed ID: 26239056

    These findings revealed the TALK-1 channel as an important regulator of second-stage insulin secretion and suggested a clinically relevant mechanism for rs1535500 that increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by limiting glucose-stimulated insulin secretion.

  5. Han J., et al. Functional properties of four splice variants of a human pancreatic tandem-pore K+ channel, TALK-1. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2003, 285(3):C529-38. PubMed ID: 12724142

    It had been discovered herein that at least two functional TALK-1 variants were present and could be used as background K+ currents in certain cells of the human pancreas.

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  1. Chatelain F C, et al. (2012). TWIK1, a unique background channel with variable ion selectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(14): 5499-5504.

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