Regulation of ion channels by integrins. Academic Article uri icon


  • Ion channels are regulated by protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of serine, threonine, and tyrosine residues. Evidence for regulation of channels by tyrosine phosphorylation comes primarily from investigations of the effects of growth factors, which act through receptor tyrosine kinases. The purpose of the present work is to summarize evidence for the regulation of ion channels by integrins, through their downstream, nonreceptor tyrosine kinases. We review both direct and indirect evidence for this regulation, with particular emphasis on Ca2+-activated K+ and voltage-gated Ca2+ channels. We then discuss the critical roles that cytoskeletal, focal-adhesion, and channel-associated scaffolding proteins may play in localizing nonreceptor tyrosine kinases to the vicinity of ion channels. We conclude by speculating on the physiological significance of these regulatory pathways.

published proceedings

  • Cell Biochem Biophys

author list (cited authors)

  • Davis, M. J., Wu, X., Nurkiewicz, T. R., Kawasaki, J., Gui, P., Hill, M. A., & Wilson, E.

citation count

  • 60

complete list of authors

  • Davis, Michael J||Wu, Xin||Nurkiewicz, Timothy R||Kawasaki, Junya||Gui, Peichun||Hill, Michael A||Wilson, Emily

publication date

  • February 2002