Inward rectifier potassium channels in the HL-1 cardiomyocyte-derived cell line.

Dana Goldoni, You You Zhao, Brian D. Green, Barbara J. McDermott, Anthony Collins

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HL-1 is a line of immortalized cells of cardiomyocyte origin that are a useful complement to native cardiomyocytes in studies of cardiac gene regulation. Several types of ion channel have been identified in these cells, but not the physiologically important inward rectifier K(+) channels. Our aim was to identify and characterize inward rectifier K(+) channels in HL-1 cells. External Ba(2+) (100?µM) inhibited 44?±?0.05% (mean?±?s.e.m., n?=?11) of inward current in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. The reversal potential of the Ba(2+)-sensitive current shifted with external [K(+)] as expected for K(+)-selective channels. The slope conductance of the inward Ba(2+)-sensitive current increased with external [K(+)]. The apparent Kd for Ba(2+) was voltage dependent, ranging from 15?µM at -150 ?mV to 148?µM at -75 ?mV in 120 ?mM external K(+). This current was insensitive to 10?µM glybenclamide. A component of whole-cell current was sensitive to 150?µM 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS), although it did not correspond to the Ba(2+)-sensitive component. The effect of external 1 mM Cs(+) was similar to that of Ba(2+). Polymerase chain reaction using HL-1 cDNA as template and primers specific for the cardiac inward rectifier K(ir)2.1 produced a fragment of the expected size that was confirmed to be K(ir)2.1 by DNA sequencing. In conclusion, HL-1 cells express a current that is characteristic of cardiac inward rectifier K(+) channels, and express K(ir)2.1 mRNA. This cell line may have use as a system for studying inward rectifier gene regulation in a cardiomyocyte phenotype.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-756
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology


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