ω-6 and ω-9 polyunsaturated fatty acids with double bonds near the carboxyl head have the highest affinity and largest effects on the cardiac I K s potassium channel

Briana M. Bohannon, Marta E. Perez, Sara I. Liin, Hans Peter Larsson

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Abstract

Aim: The I K s channel is important for termination of the cardiac action potential. Hundreds of loss-of-function mutations in the I K s channel reduce the K + current and, thereby, delay the repolarization of the action potential, causing Long QT Syndrome. Long QT predisposes individuals to Torsades de Pointes which can lead to ventricular fibrillation and sudden death. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are potential therapeutics for Long QT Syndrome, as they affect I K s channels. However, it is unclear which properties of PUFAs are essential for their effects on I K s channels. Methods: To understand how PUFAs influence I K s channel activity, we measured effects on I K s current by two-electrode voltage clamp while changing different properties of the hydrocarbon tail. Results: There was no, or weak, correlation between the tail length or number of double bonds in the tail and the effects on or apparent binding affinity for I K s channels. However, we found a strong correlation between the positions of the double bonds relative to the head group and effects on I K s channels. Conclusion: Polyunsaturated fatty acids with double bonds closer to the head group had higher apparent affinity for I K s channels and increased I K s current more; shifting the bonds further away from the head group reduced apparent binding affinity for and effects on the I K s current. Interestingly, we found that ω-6 and ω-9 PUFAs, with the first double bond closer to the head group, left-shifted the voltage dependence of activation the most. These results allow for informed design of new therapeutics targeting I K s channels in Long QT Syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13186
JournalActa Physiologica
Volume225
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Keywords

  • I
  • KCNE1
  • KCNQ1
  • Kv7.1
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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