Engineering of a light-gated potassium channel

Cosentino, C. et al. (2015) Engineering of a light-gated potassium channel. Science, 348(6235), pp. 707-710. (doi:10.1126/science.aaa2787) (PMID:25954011)

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The present palette of opsin-based optogenetic tools lacks a light-gated potassium (K+) channel desirable for silencing of excitable cells. Here, we describe the construction of a blue-light–induced K+ channel 1 (BLINK1) engineered by fusing the plant LOV2-Jα photosensory module to the small viral K+ channel Kcv. BLINK1 exhibits biophysical features of Kcv, including K+ selectivity and high single-channel conductance but reversibly photoactivates in blue light. Opening of BLINK1 channels hyperpolarizes the cell to the K+ equilibrium potential. Ectopic expression of BLINK1 reversibly inhibits the escape response in light-exposed zebrafish larvae. BLINK1 therefore provides a single-component optogenetic tool that can establish prolonged, physiological hyperpolarization of cells at low light intensities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Petersen, Dr Jan and Christie, Professor John
Authors: Cosentino, C., Alberio, L., Gazzarrini, S., Aquila, M., Romano, E., Cermenati, S., Zuccolini, P., Petersen, J., Beltrame, M., Van Etten, J. L., Christie, J., Thiel, G., and Moroni, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Science
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISSN (Online):1095-9203

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