FGF14 N-Terminal Splice Variants Differentially Modulate Nav1.2 and Nav1.6-Encoded Sodium Channels

Laezza F, Lampert A, Kozel MA, Gerber BR, Rush AM, Nerbonne JM, Waxman SG, Dib-Hajj SD, Ornitz DM (2009). Mol Cell Neurosci, 42(2):90-101
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The Intracellular Fibroblast Growth Factor (iFGF) subfamily includes four members (FGFs 11-14) of the structurally related FGF superfamily. Previous studies showed that the iFGFs interact directly with the pore-forming (alpha) subunits of voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels and regulate the functional properties of sodium channel currents. Sequence heterogeneity among the iFGFs is thought to confer specificity to this regulation. Here, we demonstrate that the two N-terminal alternatively spliced FGF14 variants, FGF14-1a and FGF14-1b, differentially regulate currents produced by Nav1.2 and Nav1.6 channels. FGF14-1b, but not FGF14-1a, attenuates both Nav1.2 and Nav1.6 current densities. In contrast, co-expression of an FGF14 mutant, lacking the N-terminus, increased Nav1.6 current densities. In neurons, both FGF14-1a and FGF14-1b localized at the axonal initial segment, and deletion of the N-terminus abolished this localization. Thus, the FGF14 N-terminus is required for targeting and functional regulation of Nav channels, suggesting an important function for FGF14 alternative splicing in regulating neuronal excitability.

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Posted on October 13, 2009
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