Overexpression of human KCNA5 increases IK(V) and enhances apoptosis

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Medical Teaching Facility, University of California-San Diego, #0725, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0725, USA.
AJP Cell Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.78). 10/2004; 287(3):C715-22. DOI: 10.1152/ajpcell.00050.2004
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Apoptotic cell shrinkage, an early hallmark of apoptosis, is regulated by K+ efflux and K+ channel activity. Inhibited apoptosis and downregulated K+ channels in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC) have been implicated in development of pulmonary vascular medial hypertrophy and pulmonary hypertension. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that overexpression of KCNA5, which encodes a delayed-rectifier voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channel, increases K+ currents and enhances apoptosis. Transient transfection of KCNA5 caused 25- to 34-fold increase in KCNA5 channel protein level and 24- to 29-fold increase in Kv channel current (I(K(V))) at +60 mV in COS-7 and rat PASMC, respectively. In KCNA5-transfected COS-7 cells, staurosporine (ST)-mediated increases in caspase-3 activity and the percentage of cells undergoing apoptosis were both enhanced, whereas basal apoptosis (without ST stimulation) was unchanged compared with cells transfected with an empty vector. In rat PASMC, however, transfection of KCNA5 alone caused marked increase in basal apoptosis, in addition to enhancing ST-mediated apoptosis. Furthermore, ST-induced apoptotic cell shrinkage was significantly accelerated in COS-7 cells and rat PASMC transfected with KCNA5, and blockade of KCNA5 channels with 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) reduced K+ currents through KCNA5 channels and inhibited ST-induced apoptosis in KCNA5-transfected COS-7 cells. Overexpression of the human KCNA5 gene increases K+ currents (i.e., K+ efflux or loss), accelerates apoptotic volume decrease (AVD), increases caspase-3 activity, and induces apoptosis. Induction of apoptosis in PASMC by KCNA5 gene transfer may serve as an important strategy for preventing the progression of pulmonary vascular wall thickening and for treating patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH).

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    • "K balance is known to regulate the apoptotic cell shrinkage, a main event in the apoptotic process [12]. Specifically, KCNA5 participates in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) apoptosis control [13]. It has been reported that overexpression of the KCNA5 gene induces accelerated K efflux and increases caspase-3 proteolytic activity, promoting apoptosis [13]. "
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    • "The decrease in mitochondrial H2O2 generation directly suppresses Kv1.5 channel expression and activity, a critical process for the impairment of cellular apoptosis and hampers elimination of apoptotic cells, thus aggravating the progression of oxidative stress-related diseases such as PAH and cancer [14]. In contrast, overexpression of KCNA5 gene or attenuation of Kv1.5 downregulation [15], [16], [17] reduces apoptosis during these diseases. Therefore Kv1.5 is taken as a potential therapeutic target for preventing the progression of PAH or cancers [14], [17], [18]. "
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    • "These findings prompted us to investigate whether TGF-b might regulate neuronal maturation. Voltage-gated potassium channels form a diverse and extensive superfamily and are indispensable for the normal function of neurons, smooth muscle cells, cardiac myocytes, lymphocytes, and pancreatic islets (Storey et al., 2003; Brevnova et al., 2004; Yan et al., 2004). In addition to regulating neuronal electrical activity, K þ efflux via voltage-gated K þ channels has recently been recognized as a key step in neuronal apoptosis and migration (Rao et al., 2002; Pal et al., 2003; Storey et al., 2003; Redman et al., 2007). "
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