- Peptide (C)ETQMENYDKHVTYNAERS, corresponding to amino acid residues 542- 559 of rat KCNN2 (Accession P70604). Intracellular, C-terminus.
- Western blot analysis of rat brain lysate (lanes 1 and 3) and mouse brain lysate (lanes 2 and 4):1,2. Guinea pig Anti-KCNN2 (KCa2.2, SK2) Antibody (#APC-028-GP), (1:1000).
3,4. Guinea pig Anti-KCNN2 (KCa2.2, SK2) Antibody, preincubated with KCNN2/KCa2.2 Blocking Peptide (#BLP-PC028).
KCa2.2 (KCNN2, SK2) is a member of the Ca2+-activated K+ channel family with small conductance that includes KCa2.1 (KCNN1, SK1) and KCa2.3 (KCNN3, SK3). The channel is voltage insensitive and is activated by intracellular Ca2+ in the submicromolar range. It has, though, a similar topology to that of voltage-dependent K+ channels (KV channels), that is six transmembrane domains and intracellular N- and C-termini. The functional channel of all the KCa2 family members is a multimeric protein composed of four pore-forming subunits.
KCa2 channels are extremely sensitive to the levels of intracellular Ca2+ and concentrations as low as 300-700 nM can open the channels very rapidly (5-15 ms). Hence, the KCa2 channels are highly sensitive and fast Ca2+ sensors resembling other known Ca2+-binding proteins. This type of Ca2+-dependent activation is achieved by the constitutive binding of the KCa2 channels to calmodulin, a highly expressed Ca2+-binding protein via a calmodulin-binding domain situated at the cytoplasmic C-terminus.
Pharmacologically, the KCa2 channels are the only known targets of the bee venom toxin Apamin, with KCa2.1 being the least sensitive, KCa2.2 the most sensitive and KCa2.3 showing intermediate sensitivity.
KCa2.2 is predominantly expressed in the nervous system although expression in endothelial cells, heart and liver has been described.
KCa2.2 is known to be involved in the regulation of neuronal excitability. They do so mainly via a phenomenon known as after hyperpolarization in which KCa2 channels open in response to increased intracellular Ca2+ concentrations that result from the entry of extracellular Ca2+ through voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels during action potentials. In this way, KCa2 channels effectively form a Ca2+-mediated feedback loop.
Species reactivity key:
Alomone Labs is pleased to offer a highly specific antibody directed against an epitope of rat KCNN2 channel. Guinea pig Anti-KCNN2 (KCa2.2, SK2) Antibody (#APC-028-GP) can be used in western blot analysis. It has been designed to recognize KCNN2 from human, rat and mouse samples. The antigen used to immunize guinea pigs is the same as Anti-KCNN2 (KCa2.2, SK2) Antibody (#APC-028) raised in rabbit. Our line of guinea pig antibodies enables more flexibility with our products such as multiplex staining studies, immunoprecipitation, etc.