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8.B.7 The Cl- Channel Peptide Inhibitor (GaTx1) Family

A 3.7-kDa peptide toxin, GaTx1, of 34aas, is a potent and reversible inhibitor of CFTR (TC#3.A.1.202.1), acting from the cytoplasmic side of the membrane. GaTx1 is the first peptide toxin identified that inhibits a chloride channel of known molecular identity. It exhibits high specificity, showing no effect on a panel of nine transport proteins, including Cl- and K+ channels and ABC transporters. GaTx1-mediated inhibition of CFTR channel activity is strongly state-dependent; both potency and efficacy are reduced under conditions of elevated [ATP], suggesting that GaTx1 may function as a non-competitive inhibitor of ATP-dependent channel gating.

This family belongs to the: Defensin Superfamily.

References associated with 8.B.7 family:

Fuller, M.D., C.H. Thompson, Z.R. Zhang, C.S. Freeman, E. Schay, G. Szakács, E. Bakos, B. Sarkadi, D. McMaster, R.J. French, J. Pohl, J. Kubanek, and N.A. McCarty. (2007). State-dependent inhibition of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator chloride channels by a novel peptide toxin. J. Biol. Chem. 282(52):37545-7555. 17951250