A molecular determinant of phosphoinositide affinity in mammalian TRPV channels

Sci Rep. 2016 Jun 13;6:27652. doi: 10.1038/srep27652.


Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] is an important cofactor for ion channels. Affinity for this lipid is a major determinant of channel inhibition by depletion of PI(4,5)P2 upon phospholipase C (PLC) activation. Little is known about what determines PI(4,5)P2 affinity in mammalian ion channels. Here we report that two members of the Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid (TRPV) ion channel family, TRPV5 and TRPV6 lack a positively charged residue in the TM4-TM5 loop that was shown to interact with PI(4,5)P2 in TRPV1, which shows high affinity for this lipid. When this positively charged residue was introduced to either TRPV6 or TRPV5, they displayed markedly higher affinities for PI(4,5)P2, and were largely resistant to inhibition by PI(4,5)P2 depletion. Furthermore, Ca(2+)-induced inactivation of TRPV6 was essentially eliminated in the G488R mutant, showing the importance of PLC-mediated PI(4,5)P2 depletion in this process. Computational modeling shows that the introduced positive charge interacts with PI(4,5)P2 in TRPV6.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium / chemistry
  • Calcium Channels / genetics
  • Calcium Channels / metabolism*
  • Ciona intestinalis
  • Computer Simulation
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Lipids / chemistry
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Molecular Docking Simulation
  • Mutation
  • Oocytes / cytology
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • Phosphatidylinositols / chemistry*
  • Phospholipases / chemistry
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Conformation
  • TRPV Cation Channels / genetics
  • TRPV Cation Channels / metabolism*
  • Xenopus laevis


  • Calcium Channels
  • Lipids
  • Phosphatidylinositols
  • TRPV Cation Channels
  • TRPV1 protein, human
  • TRPV5 protein, human
  • TRPV6 protein, human
  • Phospholipases
  • Calcium