Subunit modification and association in VR1 ion channels

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Subunit modification and association in VR1 ion channels

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dc.contributor.author Rosenbaum, Tamara en_US
dc.contributor.author Awaya, Mika en_US
dc.contributor.author Gordon, Sharona E. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-21T15:52:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-21T15:52:20Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Rosenbaum T, Awaya M, Gordon S. Subunit modification and association in VR1 ion channels. BMC Neuroscience. 2002;3(1):4. en_US
dc.identifier.other 10.1186/1471-2202-3-4 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2202/3/4 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/15745
dc.description.abstract Background: The capsaicin (vanilloid) receptor, VR1, is an agonist-activated ion channel expressed by sensory neurons that serves as a detector of chemical and thermal noxious stimuli. Results: In the present study we investigated the properties of VR1 ion channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes. A VR1 subunit with a FLAG epitope tag at the C-terminus was constructed. When examined for size on an SDS gel, VR1-expressing oocytes produced a doublet corresponding to the size of the monomer and a band at about twice the molecular weight of the monomer. A consensus site for N-linked glycosylation was identified in the primary sequence at position 604. In channels in which the putative glycosylation site was mutated from asparagine to serine (N604S), the larger of the two monomer bands could no longer be detected on the gel. Electrophysiological experiments showed these unglycosylated channels to be functional. The high molecular weight band observed on the gel could represent either a dimer or a monomer conjugated to an unknown factor. To distinguish between these possibilities, we coexpressed a truncated VR1 subunit with full-length VR1. A band of intermediate molecular weight (composed of one full-length and one truncated subunit) was observed. This dimer persisted under strongly reducing conditions, was not affected by capsaicin or calcium, and was refractory to treatment with transglutaminase inhibitors. Conclusions: The persistence of this dimer even under harsh denaturing and reducing conditions indicates a strong interaction among pairs of subunits. This biochemical dimerization is particularly intriguing given that functional channels are almost certainly tetramers. en_US
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dc.title Subunit modification and association in VR1 ion channels en_US
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