Aliases for KCNN3 Gene
External Ids for KCNN3 Gene
Action potentials in vertebrate neurons are followed by an afterhyperpolarization (AHP) that may persist for several seconds and may have profound consequences for the firing pattern of the neuron. Each component of the AHP is kinetically distinct and is mediated by different calcium-activated potassium channels. This gene belongs to the KCNN family of potassium channels. It encodes an integral membrane protein that forms a voltage-independent calcium-activated channel, which is thought to regulate neuronal excitability by contributing to the slow component of synaptic AHP. This gene contains two CAG repeat regions in the coding sequence. It was thought that expansion of one or both of these repeats could lead to an increased susceptibility to schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but studies indicate that this is probably not the case. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Feb 2011]
GeneCards Summary for KCNN3 Gene
KCNN3 (Potassium Channel, Calcium Activated Intermediate/Small Conductance Subfamily N Alpha, Member 3) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with KCNN3 include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Among its related pathways are Transmission across Chemical Synapses and Insulin secretion. GO annotations related to this gene include calmodulin binding and small conductance calcium-activated potassium channel activity. An important paralog of this gene is KCNN1.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for KCNN3 Gene
Forms a voltage-independent potassium channel activated by intracellular calcium. Activation is followed by membrane hyperpolarization. Thought to regulate neuronal excitability by contributing to the slow component of synaptic afterhyperpolarization. The channel is blocked by apamin
Ca2+-activated potassium channels (KCa) are a group of 6/7-TM ion channels that selectively transport K+ ions across biological membranes. They are broadly classified into three subtypes, SK, IK and BK channels, based on their conductance (small, intermediate and big conductance respectively). The small conductance KCa channels (KCa2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, also known as SK1, SK2 and SK3 respectively) and the intermediate conductance KCa channel (KCa3.1, also known as SK4) are voltage-insensitive and are activated by Ca2+-calmodulin. Both play important roles in many processes involving Ca2+-dependent signalling in both electrically excitable and non-excitable cells. The BK family of KCa channels (also known as Slo or Maxi-K channels) are also voltage-sensitive and include KCa1.1 (Slo1), KCa4.1 (Slo2.2), KCa4.2 (Slo2.1) and KCa5.1 (Slo3). These channels do not require calmodulin for activation as they contain three direct bivalent cation binding sites.