NAB domain is essential for the subunit assembly of both alpha-alpha and alpha-beta complexes of shaker-like potassium channels

Neuron. 1996 Feb;16(2):441-53. doi: 10.1016/s0896-6273(00)80062-8.


There are at least five subfamilies of Shaker-like K+ channels. The diverse function of K+ channels are thought to be further modulated by hydrophilic beta subunits. Here we report that Kv beta 1 inactivates RCK4 and Shaker B K+ channels of the Kv1 subfamily, but not Shal2 of the Kv4 subfamily. This correlates the subfamily-specific bindings of Kv beta 1 to the cytoplasmic N-terminal domains of Kv1 alpha subunits. We map the Kv beta 1-binding site to a region overlapping NABKv1, a domain that specifies different Kv1 alpha subunits to form heterotetramers. Using chimeric alpha subunits, we demonstrate that NABKv1 is essential for the Kv beta 1-mediated inactivation. These results suggest that Kv beta 1 modulates a subset of K+ channels through the specific assembly of alpha-beta complexes and reveal the dual function of the NAB domain in mediating the assembly of both alpha-alpha and alpha-beta complexes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Cell Line
  • Chimera
  • Drosophila / genetics*
  • Molecular Probes / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation*
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • Peptide Mapping
  • Potassium Channels / chemistry*
  • Potassium Channels / genetics*
  • Potassium Channels / metabolism


  • Molecular Probes
  • Potassium Channels

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X16002