Journal article

Voltage-Sensor Transitions of the Inward-Rectifying K Channel KAT1 Indicate a Latching Mechanism Biased by Hydration within the Voltage Sensor

Cecile Lefoulon, Rucha Karnik, Annegret Honsbein, Paul Vijay Gutla, Christopher Grefen, Janin Riedelsberger, Tomas Poblete, Ingo Dreyer, Wendy Gonzalez, Michael R Blatt

Plant Physiology | AMER SOC PLANT BIOLOGISTS | Published : 2014


The Kv-like (potassium voltage-dependent) K(+) channels at the plasma membrane, including the inward-rectifying KAT1 K(+) channel of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), are important targets for manipulating K(+) homeostasis in plants. Gating modification, especially, has been identified as a promising means by which to engineer plants with improved characteristics in mineral and water use. Understanding plant K(+) channel gating poses several challenges, despite many similarities to that of mammalian Kv and Shaker channel models. We have used site-directed mutagenesis to explore residues that are thought to form two electrostatic countercharge centers on either side of a conserved phenylala..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (grant nos. BB/H001673/1, BB/H024867/1, BB/H009817/1, and BB/K015893/1 to M.R.B.), by ANILLO (grant no. ACT1104 to W.G. and J.R.), and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (grant no. DR430/8-1 to I.D., W.G., and J.R.).