Kcv (K(+) Chlorella virus) is a miniature virus-encoded K(+) channel. Its predicted membrane-pore-membrane structure lacks a cytoplasmic C-terminus and it has a short 12 amino acid (aa) cytoplasmic N-terminus. Kcv forms a functional channel when expressed in human HEK 293 cells. Deletion of the 14 N-terminal aa results in no apparent differences in the subcellular location and expression level of the Kcv protein. However, the truncated protein does not induce a measurable current in transfected HEK 293 cells or Xenopus oocytes. We conclude that the N-terminus controls functional properties of the Kcv channel, but does not influence protein expression.