Stomatin inhibits pannexin-1-mediated whole-cell currents by interacting with its carboxyl terminal

PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39489. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039489. Epub 2012 Jun 29.


The pannexin-1 (Panx1) channel (often referred to as the Panx1 hemichannel) is a large-conductance channel in the plasma membrane of many mammalian cells. While opening of the channel is potentially detrimental to the cell, little is known about how it is regulated under physiological conditions. Here we show that stomatin inhibited Panx1 channel activity. In transfected HEK-293 cells, stomatin reduced Panx1-mediated whole-cell currents without altering either the total or membrane surface Panx1 protein expression. Stomatin coimmunoprecipitated with full-length Panx1 as well as a Panx1 fragment containing the fourth membrane-spanning domain and the cytosolic carboxyl terminal. The inhibitory effect of stomatin on Panx1-mediated whole-cell currents was abolished by truncating Panx1 at a site in the cytosolic carboxyl terminal. In primary culture of mouse astrocytes, inhibition of endogenous stomatin expression by small interfering RNA enhanced Panx1-mediated outward whole-cell currents. These observations suggest that stomatin may play important roles in astrocytes and other cells by interacting with Panx1 carboxyl terminal to limit channel opening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Astrocytes / metabolism
  • Blood Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Blood Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Connexins / chemistry*
  • Connexins / metabolism*
  • Ethidium / metabolism
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Ion Channel Gating*
  • Membrane Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / chemistry*
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Transfection


  • Blood Proteins
  • Connexins
  • Epb7.2 protein, mouse
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Panx1 protein, mouse
  • Ethidium