SLC12A5 Membrane Protein Introduction

Introduction of SLC12A5

Potassium-chloride transporter member 5 (KCC2/SLC12A5) is a neuron-specific chloride potassium symporter related to establishing the chloride ion gradient in neurons through the maintenance of low intracellular chloride concentrations. It is a vital mediator of synaptic inhibition and cellular protection against excitotoxicity. It may also act as a modulator of neuroplasticity. SLC12A5 can function as ionic substrates. It has been reported that animals with the reduced expression of SLC12A5 exhibit severe motor deficits, epileptiform activity, and spasticity. SLC12A5 knockout animals will die postnatally due to respiratory failure.

Basic Information of SLC12A5
Protein Name Solute carrier family 12 member 5
Gene Name SLC12A5/KCC2
Aliases Electroneutral potassium-chloride cotransporter 2, K-Cl cotransporter 2, Neuronal K-Cl cotransporter
Organism Homo sapiens (Human)
UniProt ID Q9H2X9
Transmembrane Times 12
Length (aa) 1139

Function of SLC12A5 Membrane Protein

KCC2 or SLC12A5 is a potassium (K+)/chloride (Cl-) symporter that controls chloride homeostasis in neurons. It is responsible for classical postsynaptic with the help of GABAA receptors and glycine receptors in the central nervous system. KCC2 uses the potassium gradient generated by the Na+/K+ pump to drive chloride extrusion from neurons. Cellular swelling can be brought by KCC2 as osmotically-obliged water is drawn into neurons along with ionic solutes. KCC2 has been reported to be stimulated by cell-swelling and therefore affect eliminating excess ions following periods of high stimulation in order to maintain steady-state neuronal volume and prevent cells from bursting. Moreover, KCC2 plays a critical role in the glutamatergic synapses within the central nervous system. Neurons without KCC2 have stunted dendritic growth and malformed dendritic spines, thus suggesting KCC2 plays a critical role in the structure and function of dendritic spines which host most excitatory synapses in cortical neurons. By interacting with actin cytoskeleton, KCC2 forms a molecular barrier to the diffusion of transmembrane proteins within dendritic spines, thereby regulating the local confinement of AMPA receptors and synaptic potency.

GABAA signaling shifts from depolarizing to hyperpolarizing responses during development. Fig.1 GABAA signaling shifts from depolarizing to hyperpolarizing responses during development. (Moore, 2017)

Application of SLC12A5 Membrane Protein in Literature

  1. Hübner C.A., et al. Disruption of KCC2 reveals an essential role of K-Cl cotransport already in early synaptic inhibition. Neuron. 2001, 30(2):515-24. PubMed ID: 11395011

    This article shows that KCC2 knockout mice die immediately after birth due to severe motor deficits. It also reveals abnormal spontaneous electrical activity and alters spinal cord responses to peripheral electrical stimuli.

  2. Rivera C., et al. BDNF-induced TrkB activation down-regulates the K+-Cl- cotransporter KCC2 and impairs neuronal Cl- extrusion. J Cell Biol. 2002, 159(5):747-52. PubMed ID: 12473684

    The article demonstrates a novel mechanism under which BDNF/TrkB signaling restrains chloride-dependent fast GABAergic inhibition. This process can contribute to the well-known role of TrkB-activated signaling cascades in the induction and establishment of epileptic activity.

  3. Rivera C., et al. Mechanism of activity-dependent downregulation of the neuron-specific K-Cl cotransporter KCC2. J Neurosci. 2004, 24(19):4683-91. PubMed ID: 15140939

    The authors find that the plasmalemmal KCC2 has a very high rate of turnover. It is companied with a time frame that suggests a novel role for changes in KCC2 expression in diverse manifestations. It means that downregulation of KCC2 may be a general early response to various kinds of neuronal trauma.

  4. Boulenguez P., et al. Down-regulation of the potassium-chloride cotransporter KCC2 contributes to spasticity after spinal cord injury. Nat Med. 2010, 16(3):302-7. PubMed ID: 20190766

    These results open new perspectives for the development of therapeutic strategies for alleviating spasticity.

  5. Rivera C., et al. Two developmental switches in GABAergic signaling: The K+-Cl- cotransporter KCC2 and carbonic anhydrase CAVII. J Physiol. 2005, 562(Pt 1):27-36. PubMed ID: 15528236

    The article tells us that the down-regulation of KCC2 under pathophysiological conditions (epilepsy, damage) in mature neuron seems to reflect a 'recapitulation' of early developmental mechanisms and this may be a prerequisite for the re-establishment of connectivity in damaged brain tissue.

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  1. Moore Y E, et al. (2017). Seizing control of KCC2: A new therapeutic target for epilepsy. Trends in Neurosciences. 2017, 40(9), 555-571.

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