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J Membr Biol April 1, 2015; 248 (2): 309-17.

Up-regulation of Kv1.3 channels by janus kinase 2.

Hosseinzadeh Z , Warsi J , Elvira B , Almilaji A , Shumilina E , Lang F .

The janus-activated kinase 2 JAK2 participates in the signalling of several hormones including interferon, a powerful regulator of lymphocyte function. Lymphocyte activity and survival depend on the activity of the voltage-gated K(+) channel KCNA3 (Kv1.3). The present study thus explored whether JAK2 modifies the activity of voltage-gated K(+) channel KCNA3. To this end, cRNA encoding KCNA3 was injected in Xenopus oocytes with or without additional injection of cRNA encoding wild-type human JAK2, human inactive (K882E)JAK2 mutant, or human gain-of-function (V617F)JAK2 mutant. KCNA3-dependent depolarization-induced current was determined utilizing dual-electrode voltage clamp, and protein KCNA3 abundance in the cell membrane was quantified by chemiluminescence. Moreover, the effect of interferon-γ on voltage-gated K(+) current was determined by patch clamp in mainly KCNA3-expressing Jurkat T cells with or without prior treatment with JAK2 inhibitor AG490 (40 µM). As a result, KCNA3 channel activity and protein abundance were up-regulated by coexpression of JAK2 or (V617F)JAK2 but not (K882E)JAK2. The effect of JAK2 coexpression was reversed by AG490 treatment. In human Jurkat T lymphoma cells, voltage-gated K(+) current was up-regulated by interferon-γ and down-regulated by AG490 (40 µM). In conclusion, JAK2 participates in the signalling, regulating the voltage-gated K(+) channel KCNA3.

PubMed ID: 25644777
Article link: J Membr Biol

Genes referenced: jak2 kcna3

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