KCNK5 Membrane Protein Introduction

Introduction of KCNK5

KCNK5, the full name is potassium channel subfamily K member 5, also known as acid-sensitive potassium channel protein TASK-2, TWIK-related acid-sensitive K(+) channel 2. KCNK5 is a pH-sensitive potassium channel that is expressed in many different tissues including the liver, pancreas, small intestine, and kidney. The KCNK5 current is activated by alkaline intra- or extracellular pH and is inhibited by the acidic pH on either side of the membrane.

Basic Information of KCNK5
Protein Name Potassium channel subfamily K member 5
Gene Name KCNK5
Aliases Acid-sensitive potassium channel protein TASK-2, TWIK-related acid-sensitive K(+) channel 2
Organism Homo sapiens (Human)
UniProt ID O95279
Transmembrane Times 4
Length (aa) 499

Function of KCNK5 Membrane Protein

Only a portion (about 25%) of KCNK5 is open at physiological pH. It is controlled by internal and external pH and has sufficient room for alkalizing activation. The intracellular pH-gated properties are shared by KCNK5 homologs of TALK. The KCNK5 channel is involved in renal bicarbonate reabsorption as well as signaling processes in central CO2 and O2-sensitive neurons, which helps control breathing. The function of KCNK5 has been proposed to regulate chondrocyte membrane potential and metabolic activity, to maintain lymphocyte population through apoptosis, to control cell excitability in neonatal dorsal root ganglion neurons, and to regulate excitability in intestinal smooth muscle cells. Interestingly, KCNK5 may play a central role in the regulation of proliferation in breast estrogen-dependent cancer cells, making it a putative target in cancer therapy.

A molecular model for the KCNK5 pore based on the structure of TRAAK. The blue region mimics the location of the extracellular ion pathway (EIP) and R224 pHo sensor of the KCNK5 channel. Fig.1 A molecular model for the KCNK5 pore based on the structure of TRAAK. The blue region mimics the location of the extracellular ion pathway (EIP) and R224 pHo sensor of the KCNK5 channel. (Cid, 2013)

Application of KCNK5 Membrane Protein in Literature

  1. Kirkegaard S.S., et al. The Volume Activated Potassium Channel KCNK5 is Up-Regulated in Activated Human T Cells, but Volume Regulation is Impaired. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2016, 38(3):883-92. PubMed ID: 26909737

    The results showed that up-regulated KCNK5 in activated human T cells did not regulate the volume due to decreased Cl-permeability, suggesting that up-regulation of KCNK5 may play a role in hyperpolarization of cell membranes, leading to the increased Ca2+ influx and T cell proliferation.

  2. Schulte-Mecklenbeck A., et al. The two-pore domain K2P channel TASK2 drives human NK-cell proliferation and cytolytic function. Eur J Immunol. 2015, 45(9):2602-14. PubMed ID: 26140335

    Potassium channel TASK2 could drive human NK-cell proliferation and cytolytic function.

  3. Toncheva D., et al. NGS nominated CELA1, HSPG2, and KCNK5 as candidate genes for predisposition to Balkan endemic nephropathy. Biomed Res Int. 2014, 920723. PubMed ID: 24949484

    Mutant genes (CELA1, HSPG2, and KCNK5) in patients with endemic nephropathy in Balkans were involved in the basement membrane/extracellular matrix and vascular tone, which were closely related to the angiogenic process.

  4. Lenzini L., et al. Lower expression of the TWIK-related acid-sensitive K+ channel 2 (TASK-2) gene is a hallmark of aldosterone-producing adenoma causing human primary aldosteronism. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014, 99(4):E674-82. PubMed ID: 24285684

    Low expression of the TASK-2 channel represented a marker for aldosterone-producing adenomas that caused aldosteronism and was associated with a higher expression of hsa-miR-23 and hsa-miR-34.

  5. Alvarez-Baron C.P., et al. The two-pore domain potassium channel KCNK5: induction by estrogen receptor alpha and role in proliferation of breast cancer cells. Mol Endocrinol. 2011, 25(8):1326-36. PubMed ID: 21680658

    17β-estradiol induced expression of KCNK5 in breast cancer cells by ERα(+) was verified, and this channel played a role in regulating proliferation in these cell lines.

KCNK5 Preparation Options

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  1. Cid L P, et al. (2013). TASK-2: a K2P K(+) channel with complex regulation and diverse physiological functions. Front Physiol. 4:198.

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