Ankyrin-B regulates Kir6.2 membrane expression and function in heart

Jingdong Li, Crystal F. Kline, Thomas J. Hund, Mark E. Anderson, Peter J. Mohler

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Ankyrin polypeptides are critical for normal membrane protein expression in diverse cell types, including neurons, myocytes, epithelia, and erythrocytes. Ankyrin dysfunction results in defects in membrane expression of ankyrin-binding partners (including ion channels, transporters, and cell adhesion molecules), resulting in aberrant cellular function and disease. Here, we identify a new role for ankyrin-B in cardiac cell biology. We demonstrate that cardiac sarcolemmal KATP channels directly associate with ankyrin-B in heart via the KATP channel α-subunit Kir6.2. We demonstrate that primary myocytes lacking ankyrin-B display defects in Kir6.2 protein expression, membrane expression, and function. Moreover, we demonstrate a secondary role for ankyrin-B in regulating KATP channel gating. Finally, we demonstrate that ankyrin-B forms a membrane complex with KATP channels and the cardiac Na/K-ATPase, a second key membrane transporter involved in the cardiac ischemia response. Collectively, our new findings define a new role for cardiac ankyrin polypeptides in regulation of ion channel membrane expression in heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28723-28730
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number37
StatePublished - Sep 10 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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