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Hemeoxygenase-2 as an O2 sensor in K+ channel-dependent chemotransduction

Kemp, Paul J. 2005. Hemeoxygenase-2 as an O2 sensor in K+ channel-dependent chemotransduction. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 338 (1) , pp. 648-652. 10.1016/j.bbrc.2005.08.110

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The physiological response of the carotid body is critically dependent upon oxygen-sensing by potassium channels expressed in glomus cells. One such channel is the large conductance, voltage- and calcium-dependent potassium channel, BKCa. Although it is well known that a decrease in oxygen evokes glomus cell depolarization, voltage-gated calcium entry, and transmitter release, the molecular identity of the upstream oxygen sensor has been the subject of some controversy for decades. Recently, we have demonstrated that hemeoxygenase-2 associates tightly with recombinant BKCa and that activity of this enzyme confers oxygen sensitivity to the BKCa channel complex. Similar observations were also made in native channels recorded from carotid body glomus cells, suggesting that hemoxygenase-2 functions as an oxygen sensor of native and recombinant BKCa channels.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hypoxia; Hemeoxygenase-2; BKCa; Potassium channels; Oxygen sensing.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0006-291X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:39

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