PKD Phosphorylation as Novel Pathway of KV11.1 Regulation

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


BACKGROUND/AIMS: The voltage-gated potassium channel KV11.1 has been originally cloned from the brain and is expressed in a variety of tissues. The role of phosphorylation for channel function is a matter of debate. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the extent and role of protein kinase D mediated phosphorylation.

METHODS: We employed mass spectrometry, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, confocal microscopy, site-directed mutagenesis, and western blotting.

RESULTS: Using brain tissue from rat and mouse, we mapped several phosphorylated KV11.1 residues by LC-MS mass spectrometry and identified protein kinase D (PKD1) as possible regulatory kinase. Co-expression of KV11.1 with PKD1 reduced current amplitudes without altering protein levels or surface expression of the channel. Based on LC-MS results from in vivo and HEK293 cell experiments we chose four KV11.1 mutant candidates for further functional analysis. Ablation of the putative PKD phosphorylation site in the mutant S284A increased the maximal current indicating S284 as a main PKD target in KV11.1.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data might help mitigating a long-standing controversy in the field regarding PKC regulation of KV11.1. We propose that PKD1 mediates the PKC effects on KV11.1 and we found that PKD targets S284 in the N-terminus of the channel.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1742-1750
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Number of downloads are based on statistics from Google Scholar and

No data available

ID: 199221309