Summary of KCNQ1
The KCNQ1 gene provides instructions for making potassium channels. The channels play key roles in a cell's ability to generate and transmit electrical signals. Mutations of this gene can cause heart problem and sudden infant death syndrome (R).
The Function of KCNQ1
Isoform 2: Non-functional alone but modulatory when coexpressed with the full-length isoform 1.
Recommended name:Potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily KQT member 1
Alternative name(s):IKs producing slow voltage-gated potassium channel subunit alpha KvLQT1
Voltage-gated potassium channel subunit Kv7.1
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Top Gene-Substance Interactions
KCNQ1 Interacts with These Diseases
Substances That Increase KCNQ1
Substances That Decrease KCNQ1
familial atrial fibrillation Changes in the KCNQ1 gene are an uncommon cause of familial atrial fibrillation, a disruption of the heart's normal rhythm (arrhythmia) characterized by uncoordinated electrical activity in the heart's upper chambers (the atria). Several mutations have been found to cause the condition; these genetic changes alter single protein building blocks (amino acids) in the KCNQ1 protein. In cardiac muscle cells, the mutations appear to increase the flow of potassium ions through the channel formed with the KCNQ1 protein. The enhanced ion transport can disrupt the heart's normal rhythm, resulting in atrial fibrillation. Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome At least 16 KCNQ1 gene mutations have been found to cause Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome, a condition that causes arrhythmia and profound hearing loss from birth. These mutations are typically present in both copies of the KCNQ1 gene in each cell. Most of these changes lead to the production of an abnormally short, nonfunctional version of the KCNQ1 protein that cannot be used to build potassium channels. Other mutations change a small number of amino acids in this protein, which alters the normal structure and function of the channels. An inability of these channels to properly transport potassium ions in the inner ear and cardiac muscle leads to the hearing loss and arrhythmia characteristic of Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome. Romano-Ward syndrome Changes in the KCNQ1 gene are thought to be the most common cause of Romano-Ward syndrome, often called long QT syndrome. This condition causes the heart (cardiac) muscle to take longer than usual to recharge between beats, which can lead to arrhythmia. More than 500 KCNQ1 gene mutations that cause Romano-Ward syndrome have been identified. Unlike the mutations associated with Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome, the mutations that cause Romano-Ward syndrome are typically present in only one copy of the KCNQ1 gene in each cell. Most of these mutations change single amino acids in the KCNQ1 protein or insert or delete a small number of amino acids. These changes allow the protein to form channels but reduce the channels' ability to transport potassium ions out of cardiac muscle cells. The reduced ion transport alters the transmission of electrical signals in the heart, increasing the risk of an irregular heartbeat that can cause fainting (syncope) or sudden death. short QT syndrome At least one mutation in the KCNQ1 gene can cause a heart condition called short QT syndrome. In people with this condition, the cardiac muscle takes less time than usual to recharge between beats. This change increases the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm that can cause syncope or sudden death. The KCNQ1 gene mutation associated with short QT syndrome replaces the amino acid valine with the amino acid leucine at protein position 307 (written as Val307Leu or V307L). The mutation alters the function of ion channels made with the KCNQ1 protein, increasing the channels' activity. As a result, more potassium ions flow out of cardiac muscle cells at a critical time during the heartbeat, which can lead to an irregular heart rhythm. other disorders Mutations in the KCNQ1 gene have been associated with several other conditions related to heart rhythm abnormalities, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and acquired long QT syndrome. SIDS is a major cause of death in babies younger than one year. It is characterized by sudden and unexplained death, usually during sleep. Although the cause of SIDS is often unknown, researchers have identified mutations in the KCNQ1 gene in a few cases of this condition. Other genetic and environmental factors, many of which have not been identified, also play a part in determining the risk of SIDS. Certain drugs, including medications used to treat arrhythmias, infections, seizures, and psychotic disorders, can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm in some people. This drug-induced heart condition, which is known as acquired long QT syndrome, increases the risk of cardiac arrest and sudden death. A small percentage of cases of acquired long QT syndrome occur in people who have an underlying variation in the KCNQ1 gene.
The KCNQ1 gene belongs to a large family of genes that provide instructions for making potassium channels. These channels, which transport positively charged atoms (ions) of potassium out of cells, play key roles in a cell's ability to generate and transmit electrical signals. The specific function of a potassium channel depends on its protein components and its location in the body. Channels made with the KCNQ1 protein are active in the inner ear and in heart (cardiac) muscle. In the inner ear, these channels help maintain the proper ion balance needed for normal hearing. In the heart, the channels are involved in recharging the cardiac muscle after each heartbeat to maintain a regular rhythm. The KCNQ1 protein is also produced in the kidney, lung, stomach, and intestine, where it is involved in transporting molecules across cell membranes. The KCNQ1 protein interacts with proteins in the KCNE family (such as the KCNE1 protein) to form functional potassium channels. Four alpha subunits made from the KCNQ1 protein form the structure of each channel. One beta subunit, made from a KCNE protein, attaches (binds) to the channel and regulates its activity.
Conditions with Increased Gene Activity
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Conditions with Decreased Gene Activity
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The following transcription factors affect gene expression:
Abundantly expressed in heart, pancreas, prostate, kidney, small intestine and peripheral blood leukocytes. Less abundant in placenta, lung, spleen, colon, thymus, testis and ovaries.
- Calmodulin Binding
- Delayed Rectifier Potassium Channel Activity
- Ion Channel Binding
- Outward Rectifier Potassium Channel Activity
- Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-Bisphosphate Binding
- Protein Kinase A Catalytic Subunit Binding
- Protein Kinase A Regulatory Subunit Binding
- Protein Phosphatase 1 Binding
- Scaffold Protein Binding
- Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Activity
- Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Activity Involved In Atrial Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential Repolarization
- Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Activity Involved In Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential Repolarization
- Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Activity Involved In Ventricular Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential Repolarization
- Atrial Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential
- Cardiac Conduction
- Cardiac Muscle Contraction
- Cardiovascular System Development
- Cellular Response To Camp
- Cellular Response To Epinephrine Stimulus
- Gene Silencing
- Inner Ear Development
- Intestinal Absorption
- Membrane Repolarization During Action Potential
- Membrane Repolarization During Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential
- Membrane Repolarization During Ventricular Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential
- Negative Regulation Of Delayed Rectifier Potassium Channel Activity
- Negative Regulation Of Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Cardiac Muscle Contraction
- Positive Regulation Of Heart Rate
- Positive Regulation Of Potassium Ion Transmembrane Transport
- Potassium Ion Export
- Potassium Ion Export Across Plasma Membrane
- Potassium Ion Transmembrane Transport
- Regulation Of Atrial Cardiac Muscle Cell Membrane Repolarization
- Regulation Of Gastric Acid Secretion
- Regulation Of Gene Expression By Genetic Imprinting
- Regulation Of Heart Contraction
- Regulation Of Heart Rate By Cardiac Conduction
- Regulation Of Membrane Repolarization
- Regulation Of Ventricular Cardiac Muscle Cell Membrane Repolarization
- Renal Absorption
- Sensory Perception Of Sound
- Ventricular Cardiac Muscle Cell Action Potential
- Positive Regulation Of Defense Response To Virus By Host