Cloning and characterization of rat transient receptor potential-melastatin 4 (TRPM4)

Jae Cheal Yoo, Oleg V. Yarishkin, Eun Mi Hwang, Eunju Kim, Dong Gyu Kim, Nammi Park, Seong Geun Hong, Jae Yong Park

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Transient receptor potential-melastatin 4 (TRPM4) is a Ca2+-activated, but Ca2+-impermeable, cation channel. Increasing [Ca2+]i induce current activation and reduction through TRPM4 channels. Several TRPM4 isoforms are expressed in mice and humans, but rat TRPM4 (rTRPM4) has not been previously identified. Here, we identified, cloned, and characterized two rTRPM4 isoforms, rTRPM4a and rTRPM4b, using 5′-RACE-PCR. rTRPM4b channel activity increased with [Ca2+]i in a dose-dependent manner. However, the rTRPM4b Ca2+-dependent activity at negative potentials differed from that of human TRPM4b (hTRPM4b), even though both represent full-length proteins. Additionally, rTRPM4b showed a slightly different single-channel current amplitude and open time distribution than hTRPM4b. However, rTRPM4a, which lacks the N-terminal region of rTRPM4b, and hTRPM4a had no similar functional channel activities. Furthermore, we characterized splicing regions, tissue distribution, and cellular localization of these isoforms. Unlike rTRPM4a, rTRPM4b was localized to the membrane at high levels, suggesting that rTRPM4b is the functionally active channel. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-811
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Localization
  • Patch-clamp recording
  • Race-PCR
  • hTRPM4
  • rTRPM4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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