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Rosenbaum, T; Gordon-Shaag, A; Islas, LD; Cooper, J; Munari, M; Gordon, SE (2004)


J GEN PHYSIOL 123(3):295-304
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Cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) ion channels are nonselective cation channels with a high permeability for Ca2+. Not surprisingly, they are blocked by a number of Ca2+ channel blockers including tetracaine, pimozide, and diltiazem. We studied the effects of dequalinium, an extracellular blocker of the small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel. We previously noted that dequalinium is a high-affinity blocker of CNGA1 channels from the intracellular side, with little or no state dependence at 0 mV Here we examined block by dequalinium at a broad range of voltages in both CNGA1 and CNGA2 channels. We found that dequalinium block was mildly state dependent for both channels, with the affinity for closed channels 3-5 times higher than that for open channels. Mutations in the S4-S5 linker did not alter the affinity of open channels for dequalinium, but increased the affinity of closed channels by 10-20-fold. The state-specific effect of these mutations raises the question of whether/how the S4-S5 linker alters the binding of a blocker within the ion permeation pathway.