Modulation of KCNQ 2/3 potassium channels by the novel anticonvulsant retigabine

Main, Martin J, Cryan, Jennifer E, Cox, Brian, Dupere, Joe R B, Clare, Jeffrey J and Burbidge, Stephen A (2000) Modulation of KCNQ 2/3 potassium channels by the novel anticonvulsant retigabine. Molecular Pharmacology, 58 (2). pp. 253-262. ISSN 0026-895X

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Abstract

Retigabine is a novel anticonvulsant with an unknown mechanism of action. It has recently been reported that retigabine modulates a potassium channel current in nerve growth factor-differentiated PC12 cells (Rundfeldt, 1999), however, to date the molecular correlate of this current has not been identified. In the present study we have examined the effects of retigabine on recombinant human KCNQ2 and KCNQ3 potassium channels, expressed either alone or in combination inXenopus oocytes. Application of 10 μM retigabine to oocytes expressing the KCNQ2/3 heteromeric channel shifted both the activation threshold and voltage for half-activation by approximately 20 mV in the hyperpolarizing direction, leading to an increase in current amplitude at test potentials between −80 mV and +20 mV. Retigabine also had a marked effect on KCNQ current kinetics, increasing the rate of channel activation but slowing deactivation at a given test potential. Similar effects of retigabine were observed in oocytes expressing KCNQ2 alone, suggesting that KCNQ2 may be the molecular target of retigabine. Membrane potential recordings in oocytes expressing the KCNQ2/3 heteromeric channel showed that application of retigabine leads to a concentration-dependent hyperpolarization of the oocyte, from a resting potential of −63 mV under control conditions to −85 mV in the presence of 100 μM retigabine (IC50 = 5.2 μM). In control experiments retigabine had no effect on either resting membrane potential or endogenous oocyte membrane currents. In conclusion, we have shown that retigabine acts as a KCNQ potassium channel opener. Because the heteromeric KCNQ2/3 channel has recently been reported to underlie the M-current, it is likely that M-current modulation can explain the anticonvulsant actions of retigabine in animal models of epilepsy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Depositing User: Tom Gittoes
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 12:08
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 12:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52067
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