Inward Rectification of the MinK Potassium Channel
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The Journal of Membrane Biology
The minK protein induces a slowly activating voltage-dependent potassium current when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. We have used macroscopic minK currents to determine the open channel current-voltage relationship for the channel, and have found that the minK current is inwardly rectifying. The channel passes inward current at least 20fold more readily than outward current. Both rat and human minK exhibit this property. The rectification of minK is similar to that reported for a slow component of the cardiac delayed rectifier, strengthening the hypothesis that minK is responsible for that current.