Methylation increases the open probability of the epithelial sodium channel in A6 epithelia

Andrea Becchetti, Alexandra E. Kemendy, James D. Stockand, Sarah Sariban-Sohraby, Douglas C. Eaton

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We used single channel methods on A6 renal cells to study the regulation by methylation reactions of epithelial sodium channels. 3-Deazaadenosine (3- DZA), a methyltransferase blocker, produced a 5-fold decrease in sodium transport and a 6-fold decrease in apical sodium channel activity by decreasing channel open probability (P(o)). 3-Deazaadenosine also blocked the increase in channel open probability associated with addition of aldosterone. Sodium channel activity in excised 'inside-out' patches usually decreased within 1-2 min; in the presence of S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet), activity persisted for 5-8 min. Sodium channel mean time open (t(open)) before and after patch excision was higher in the presence of AdoMet than in untreated excised patches but less than t(open) in cell-attached patches. Sodium channel activity in excised patches exposed to both AdoMet and GTP usually remained stable for more than 10 min, and P(o) and the number of active channels per patch were close to values in cell-attached patches from untreated cells. These findings suggest that a methylation reaction contributes to the activity of epithelial sodium channels in A6 cells and is directed to some regulatory element closely connected with the channel, whose activity also depends on the presence of intracellular GTP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16550-16559
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 2 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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