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Transporter Information:
Name: potassium channel, subfamily K, member 12
Symbol: KCNK12
TC: 1.A.1.9.1
Locations: 2p22-2p21
GenBank: AF287302
Swiss-Prot: Q9HB15
Accession Number: NM_022055
PubMed (11060316): Rajan S, Wischmeyer E, Karschin C, Preisig-Muller R, Grzeschik KH, Daut J,Karschin A, Derst C. THIK-1 and THIK-2, a novel subfamily of tandem pore domain K+ channels.J Biol Chem. 2001 Mar 9;276(10):7302-11. Epub 2000 Nov 01. PMID: 11060316 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Two cDNAs encoding novel K(+) channels, THIK-1 and THIK-2 (tandem pore domain halothane inhibited K(+) channel), were isolated from rat brain. The proteins of 405 and 430 amino acids were 58% identical to each other. Homology analysis showed that the novel channels form a separate subfamily among tandem pore domain K(+) channels. The genes of the human orthologs were identified as human genomic data base entries. They possess one intron each and were assigned to chromosomal region 14q24.1-14q24.3 (human (h) THIK-1) and 2p22-2p21 (hTHIK-2). In rat (r), THIK-1 (rTHIK-1) is expressed ubiquitously; rTHIK-2 expression was found in several tissues including brain and kidney. In situ hybridization of brain slices showed that rTHIK-2 is strongly expressed in most brain regions, whereas rTHIK-1 expression is more restricted. Heterologous expression of rTHIK-1 in Xenopus oocytes revealed a K(+) channel displaying weak inward rectification in symmetrical K(+) solution. The current was enhanced by arachidonic acid and inhibited by halothane. rTHIK-2 did not functionally express. Confocal microscopy of oocytes injected with green fluorescent protein-tagged rTHIK-1 or rTHIK-2 showed that both channel subunits are targeted to the outer membrane. However, coinjection of rTHIK-2 did not affect the currents induced by rTHIK-1, indicating that the two channel subunits do not form heteromers.