Aliases for KCNJ1 Gene
External Ids for KCNJ1 Gene
Potassium channels are present in most mammalian cells, where they participate in a wide range of physiologic responses. The protein encoded by this gene is an integral membrane protein and inward-rectifier type potassium channel. It is activated by internal ATP and probably plays an important role in potassium homeostasis. The encoded protein has a greater tendency to allow potassium to flow into a cell rather than out of a cell. Mutations in this gene have been associated with antenatal Bartter syndrome, which is characterized by salt wasting, hypokalemic alkalosis, hypercalciuria, and low blood pressure. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for KCNJ1 Gene
KCNJ1 (Potassium Channel, Inwardly Rectifying Subfamily J, Member 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with KCNJ1 include antenatal bartter syndrome and bartter syndrome, type 2. Among its related pathways are Diuretics Pathway, Pharmacodynamics and Transmission across Chemical Synapses. GO annotations related to this gene include phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate binding and inward rectifier potassium channel activity. An important paralog of this gene is KCNJ3.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for KCNJ1 Gene
In the kidney, probably plays a major role in potassium homeostasis. Inward rectifier potassium channels are characterized by a greater tendency to allow potassium to flow into the cell rather than out of it. Their voltage dependence is regulated by the concentration of extracellular potassium; as external potassium is raised, the voltage range of the channel opening shifts to more positive voltages. The inward rectification is mainly due to the blockage of outward current by internal magnesium. This channel is activated by internal ATP and can be blocked by external barium
The inward-rectifier potassium channel family (also known as 2-TM channels) include the strong inward-rectifier channels (KIR2.x), the G-protein-activated inward-rectifier channels (KIR3.x) and the ATP-sensitive channels (KIR6.x, which combine with sulphonylurea receptors (SUR)). Structurally, the pore-forming subunit of KIR channels is the alpha-subunit. It contains a single pore domain between two membrane spanning regions. Four alpha-subunits combine to form a tetramer, with the pore domain of each subunit contributing to the structure of the central pore. Heteromeric channels can also be formed within subfamilies, e.g. KIR3.2 with KIR3.3.