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Functional interactions between distinct sodium channel cytoplasmic domains through the action of calmodulin
Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • F. Potet
  • B. Chagot
  • Mircea Anghelescu, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • P. Viswanathan
  • S. J. Stepanovic
  • S. Kuperschmidt
  • W. J. Chazin
  • J. R. Balser
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Sodium channels are fundamental signaling molecules in excitable cells, and are molecular targets for local anesthetic agents and intracellular free Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i). Two regions of NaV1.5 have been identified previously as [Ca2+]i-sensitive modulators of channel inactivation. These include a C-terminal IQ motif that binds calmodulin (CaM) in different modes depending on Ca2+ levels, and an immediately adjacent C-terminal EF-hand domain that directly binds Ca2+. Here we show that a mutation of the IQ domain (A1924T; Brugada Syndrome) that reduces CaM binding stabilizes NaV1.5 inactivation, similarly and more extensively than even reducing [Ca2+]i. Because the DIII-DIV linker is an essential structure in NaV1.5 inactivation, we evaluated this domain for a potential CaM binding interaction. We identified a novel CaM binding site within the linker, validated its interaction with CaM by NMR spectroscopy, and revealed its micromolar affinity by isothermal titration calorimetry. Mutation of three consecutive hydrophobic residues (Phe1520-Ile1521-Phe1522) to alanines in this CaM-binding domain recapitulated the electrophysiology phenotype observed with mutation of the C-terminal IQ domain: NaV1.5 inactivation was stabilized; moreover, mutations of either CaM binding domain abolish the well described stabilization of inactivation by lidocaine. The direct physical interaction of CaM with the C-terminal IQ domain and the DIII-DIV linker, combined with the similarity in phenotypes when CaM-binding sites in either domain are mutated, suggests these cytoplasmic structures could be functionally coupled through the action of CaM. These findings have bearing upon Na+ channel function in genetically altered channels and under pathophysiologic conditions where [Ca2+]i impacts cardiac conduction. © 2009 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.


This article was published in Journal of Biological Chemistry, Volume 284, Issue 13, Pages 8846-8854.

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F. Potet, B. Chagot, Mircea Anghelescu, P. Viswanathan, et al.. "Functional interactions between distinct sodium channel cytoplasmic domains through the action of calmodulin" Journal of Biological Chemistry Vol. 284 Iss. 13 (2009) p. 8846 - 8854
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