Dynamic regulation of the voltage-gated Kv2.1 potassium channel by multisite phosphorylation

Biochem Soc Trans. 2007 Nov;35(Pt 5):1064-8. doi: 10.1042/BST0351064.


Voltage-gated K(+) channels are key regulators of neuronal excitability. The Kv2.1 voltage-gated K(+) channel is the major delayed rectifier K(+) channel expressed in most central neurons, where it exists as a highly phosphorylated protein. Kv2.1 plays a critical role in homoeostatic regulation of intrinsic neuronal excitability through its activity- and calcineurin-dependent dephosphorylation. Here, we review studies leading to the identification and functional characterization of in vivo Kv2.1 phosphorylation sites, a subset of which contribute to graded modulation of voltage-dependent gating. These findings show that distinct developmental-, cell- and state-specific regulation of phosphorylation at specific sites confers a diversity of functions on Kv2.1 that is critical to its role as a regulator of intrinsic neuronal excitability.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line
  • Humans
  • Ion Channel Gating*
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Shab Potassium Channels / chemistry
  • Shab Potassium Channels / metabolism
  • Shab Potassium Channels / physiology*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry


  • Shab Potassium Channels