Ca2+-activated K channel of the BK-type in the inner mitochondrial membrane of a human glioma cell line.

Research paper by D D Siemen, C C Loupatatzis, J J Borecky, E E Gulbins, F F Lang

Indexed on: 13 Apr '99Published on: 13 Apr '99Published in: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications


A single channel current was recorded from mitoplasts (i.e., inner mitochondrial membrane) of the human glioma cell line LN229 using patch-clamp techniques in the mitoplast-attached mode. We frequently found a 295 +/- 18 pS channel that showed a straight i-E relation in the range +/-60 mV in 150 mM KCl solutions on either side of the mitoplast. If KCl in the bath was exchanged against NaCl, outward currents were undetectable, indicating potassium selectivity. Channel activity determined as open probability increased with increasing Ca2+ concentrations (EC50 = 0.9 microM at 60 mV). Open probability was voltage dependent. An e-fold increase of time spent in the open state was induced by a depolarization of 10.5 mV. Open probability was decreased by charybdotoxin concentration and voltage dependently (EC50 = 1.4 nM). In conclusion, we show for the first time that the inner mitochondrial membrane in human glioma cells contains a calcium-dependent K channel of the BK-type.