SCN4B Membrane Protein Introduction

Introduction of SCN4B

Sodium channel subunit beta-4 encoded by SCN4B, is expressed with a high level in dorsal root ganglia, a lower level in brain, spinal cord, skeletal muscle and heart. The protein has an extracellular immunoglobulin-like domain, a single transmembrane spanning segment, and an intracellular C-terminal domain. Voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV) are composed of one large pore-forming principal subunit (nine genes encoding nine proteins, NaV1.1-1.9) and one or two smaller transmembrane subunits considered as auxiliary (four genes SCN1B to SCN4B, generating four subunits, β1 to β4).

Basic Information of SCN4B
Protein Name Sodium channel subunit beta-4
Gene Name SCN4B
Aliases ATFB17, LQT10, Navbeta4
Organism Homo sapiens (Human)
UniProt ID Q8IWT1
Transmembrane Times 1
Length (aa) 228

Function of SCN4B Membrane Protein

There are four types of SCNB (SCN1B, SCN3B, and SCN4B) which are non-covalently associated with SCNA, but SCNA forms disulfide bonds with SCN2B and SCN4B. SCNB isoforms are important in modulating the channel gating kinetics; they may change the biophysical properties of the channel, such as increasing the membrane capacitance and current amplitude, and modulating its gating. Specifically, it causes negative shifts in the voltage dependence of activation of certain alpha sodium channels, but does not affect the voltage dependence of inactivation. It also modulates the susceptibility of the sodium channel to the inhibition by toxic peptides from spider, scorpion, wasp and sea anemone venom. Mutations in SCN4B have been implicated in familial atrial fibrillation and congenital long-QT syndrome. Loss of SCN4B/β4 enhances cancer cell migration and metastases formation through a RhoA-dependent signaling pathway, independently of pore-forming NaV subunits.

Diagram shows overlap between the genes associated with Brugada syndrome (BrS), short-QT syndrome (SQTS), long-QT syndrome (LQTS), catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), and atrial fibrillation (AFib). Fig.1 Diagram shows overlap between the genes associated with Brugada syndrome (BrS), short-QT syndrome (SQTS), long-QT syndrome (LQTS), catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), and atrial fibrillation (AFib). (Garg, 2018)

Application of SCN4B Membrane Protein in Literature

  1. Li R.G., et al. Mutations of the SCN4B-encoded sodium channel β4 subunit in familial atrial fibrillation. International Journal of Molecular Medicine. 2013, 32(1):144-50. PubMed ID: 23604097

    This article finds presenting SCN4B as a novel AF-susceptibility gene and suggests a common genetic basis for AF and congenital long QT syndrome, as well as a sudden infant death.

  2. Bon E., et al. SCN4B acts as a metastasis-suppressor gene preventing hyperactivation of cell migration in breast cancer. Nature Communications. 2016, 7:13648. PubMed ID: 27917859

    This article suggests that SCN4B represents metastasis-suppressor gene reducing cancer cell invasiveness and tumor progression.

  3. Ching B., et al. Voltage-gated Na+ channel isoforms and their mRNA expression levels and protein abundance in three electric organs and the skeletal muscle of the electric eel electrophorus electricus. PLoS One. 2016, 11(12): e0167589. PubMed ID: 27907137

    This article suggests that the patterns of scn/Scn expression could be functionally indistinct at that stage of development in the EOs of juvenile E. electricus.

  4. Lu Y., et al. Mutational analysis of SCN2B, SCN3B and SCN4B in a large Chinese Han family with generalized tonic-clonic seizure. Neurological Sciences. 2010, 31(5):675-7. PubMed ID: 20730464

    This article reveals that CN2B, SCN3B and SCN4B are not major genes in our large family with an idiopathic generalized tonic-clonic seizure.

  5. Refsgaard L., et al. Mutation analysis of the candidate genes SCN1B-4B, FHL1, and LMNA in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Appl Transl Genom. 2012, 1:44-46. PubMed ID: 27896052

    This article suggests that 28 sequence variants are identified: seven in SCN1B, three in SCN2B, two in SCN3B, two in SCN4B, four in FHL1, and ten in LMNA. Three of the variants are novel. One of the variants is non-synonymous. No disease-causing mutations are identified.

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  1. Garg P, et al. (2018). Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes as models for cardiac channelopathies: A primer for non-electrophysiologists. Circulation Research. 123(2), 224-243.

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