KCNQ2/3 channels, ubiquitously expressed neuronal potassium channels, have emerged as indispensable regulators of brain network activity. Despite their critical role in brain homeostasis, the mechanisms by which KCNQ2/3 dysfunction lead to hypersychrony are not fully known. Here, we show that deletion of KCNQ2/3 channels changed PV+ interneurons', but not SST+ interneurons', firing properties. We also find that deletion of either KCNQ2/3 or KCNQ2 channels from PV+ interneurons led to elevated homeostatic potentiation of fast excitatory transmission in pyramidal neurons. Pvalb-Kcnq2 null-mice showed increased seizure susceptibility, suggesting that decreases in interneuron KCNQ2/3 activity remodels excitatory networks, providing a new function for these channels.
Keywords: KCNQ2; KCNQ3; epilepsy; interneurons; mouse; neuroscience; parvalbumin; potassium channels; seizure.
© 2018, Soh et al.