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Mucosal potassium efflux mediated via Kcnn4 channels provides the driving force for electrogenic anion secretion in colon.

Authors: Nanda Kumar, NS  Singh, SK  Rajendran, VM 
Citation: Nanda Kumar NS, etal., Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2010 Sep;299(3):G707-14. Epub 2010 Jul 8.
RGD ID: 7175508
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:20616305
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1152/ajpgi.00101.2010

Intermediate conductance K(+) (Kcnn4) channels are present in both mucosal and serosal membranes of colon. However, only serosal Kcnn4 channels have been shown to be essential for agonist-induced (cAMP and Ca(2+)) anion secretion. The present study sought to determine whether mucosal Kcnn4 channels also play a role in colonic anion secretion. Mucosal-to-serosal and serosal-to-mucosal unidirectional (86)Rb (K(+) surrogate) fluxes as well as short-circuit current (I(sc); a measure of anion secretion) were measured under voltage-clamp conditions in distal colon from rats fed either a standard or K(+)-free diet. 5,6-Dichloro-1-ethyl-1,3-dihydro-2H-benzimidazole-2-one (DC-EBIO) was used to activate Kcnn4 channels. Mucosal DC-EBIO both induced K(+) secretion and enhanced anion secretion in normal rat distal colon. The DC-EBIO-induced K(+) secretion was completely blocked by nonspecific (Ba(2+)) and Kcnn4-specific (TRAM-34) inhibitors, but was not blocked by the large-conductance K(+) (iberiotoxin), small-conductance K(+) (apamin), or KCNQ1 (chromanol 293B) specific blockers. Ba(2+) and TRAM-34 also inhibited DC-EBIO-enhanced anion secretion. The DC-EBIO-enhanced anion secretion was completely inhibited by the nonspecific anion channel blocker 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropyl-amino)benzoic acid, whereas it was only partially inhibited by CFTR [CFTR(inh)-172, glibenclamide]- and CaCC (niflumic acid)-specific Cl(-) channel blockers. In contrast, mucosal DC-EBIO-enhanced K(+) and anion secretion was not present in distal colon of dietary K-depleted rats, indicating absence of mucosal Kcnn4 channels. These observations indicate that mucosal Kcnn4 channels are capable of driving agonist-induced anion secretion mediated via CFTR and CaCC and likely contribute to stool K(+) losses that accompany diarrheal illnesses.


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Molecular Function

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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Kcnn4  (potassium calcium-activated channel subfamily N member 4)

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