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After discovery CLC-1 what was thought?

thought that the members discovered after CLC-1 would be analogous


What were the electrophysiology recordings from CLC-0 channels like ?

low activity at negative potentials but it increases as the potential becomes more positive/depolarised


After mutating the "gating glutamate" what did the recordings show ?

loss of this conserved glutamate residue caused....
- loss of voltage dependence causing the channel to become constitutively active , dont see rectification at negative potentials
- this implies the glutamate side chain is part of the gating mechanism
gating glutamate is negative at normal pH and it is neutrallised by mutation of another amino acid so it doesn't act as a gate


What does neutralisation of the gating glutamate do ?

it removes the voltage dependent channel closure of CLCs


What did electrophysiology recordings of WT CLC-0 channels in pH 5 show ?

increased proton concentration
- increased protonation of the gating glutamate residue which causes the same effect as it being mutated - neutralises glutamate


What did single channel recordings of a mutant CLC-0 channel show?

hyperactive, rarely goes into closed state because the glutamate is neutralised so it is not gating the external binding site


What is the CLC pore domain like ?

CLC channels are made up of 2 separate monomer peptides
- each monomer has pseudo symmetry - contain 2 homologous domains similar to CFTR transporters having 2x 6TMD
- 3 pore regions scattered over course of proteins- alpha helices span across membrane but some only just dip in an out


What is important about the sequence in the conducting pathway ?

amino acid sequence G------P conserved in humans clc-1, clc-0 and E.coli


What are the 3 binding sites for anions ?



What is the WT E.coli CLC channel like ?

-in closed state the glutamate side chain acts as a gate, it occupies the external binding site because it is negatively charged
- there are only anions in the central and internal binding sites
- no conduction occurs as glutamate is present in the external site but once it moves out conduction occurs


What is M E.Coli CLC channel like (E148Q)?

changed glutamate to glutamine
glutamine isn't negatively charged so it won't occupy the external anion binding site
there are anions present in all the anion binding sites making it constitutively active


Why is CLC channel activity increased at low pH ?

due to increased protonation


Using E.Coli how did they prove that CLC-1 was not purely conducting Cl- ?

300mM intracellular cl concentration and a 45mM cl concentration the channel has a linear voltage current relationship
- Erev= 30mV and Ecl= 45mV
- this indicates the channel isn't purely conducting cl- ions because if it did then the Erev would be exactly the same as the chloride equilibrium potential and its not


What happened in E.Coli CLC-1 channels when the intracellular and extracellular concentrations of cl- are analogous ?

when the pH changes on either side of the membrane the current-voltage relationship changes indicating that the channel is conducting H+


After further experiments what was shown ?

demonstrated the property consistent with 2Cl-/1H+ counter-transporter


What is CLC-ec1?

it is a secondary active transporter


What was shown when CLC-ec1 channels were reconstituted into liposomes and put into small container containing small electrodes?
- high intracellular cl concentration and low outside and small proton gradient

idea was that if you could get chloride ions to leave the liposome then the protons should enter the cell and this should cause alkalisation of extracellular fluid
- it was a highly electrogenic process= as protons increase in liposomes it causes an increase charge which will cause transport to stop


How did they prevent the charge build up in liposomes occurring and preventing transport?

used valinomycin which is a potassium ionophore- it was required to dissipate the build up of positive charge in liposomes
- causes the membrane to become leaky to potassium enabling it to leave t prevent too much intracellular positive charge= shunt conductance
enabling chanel activity to continue


What is FCCP ?

a proton ionophore
- allows protons to leak out again down electrochemical gradient
- it stops channel activity
- it is a metabolic poison, causing collapse of mitochonidral proton gradient


What are the conclusion from the experiments on CLC-ec1?

it is a 2cl-/H+ exchange transporter, not a chloride channel
it is not voltage gated
doesn't have intracellular CBS domains
Cl- gradient can drive protons


Where are CLC-4/5 members normally present ?

mammalian members are not normally present in the plasma membrane they are present in intracellular organelles, endosomes
- organelles that are normally acidic


How do you obtain expression of CLC-4/5 in the plasma memebrane ?

overexpress the gene in a recombinant system such as xenopus oocytes to obtain expression within the plasma membrane
- this allows electrophysiology experiments to be carried out


What was seen from electrophysiology experiments of CLC-5 in the plasma membrane ?

as depolarising pulses were applied outward currents were recorded and acidification occurred
- the pH only started to restore to normal pH once the depolarising stimulus was stopped


Which channel demonstrate no proton transport?

CLC-0,2 or Ka


What does mutation of the gating glutamate do ?

it abolishes proton transport and voltage dependence
- makes it a chloride ion channel, constitutively active


What does activation of CLC4/5 do ?

causes acidification of the extracellular space


Why are CLC-0/1/2 broken transporters?

have a cyclical activity, between inactive states
proton electrochemical gradient is driving the non-equilibrium behaviour - similar to CFTRs


What is the proton glutamate ?

it is different from the gating glutamate = faces inwards and is present in all CL-/H+ exchangers but not in the ion channel


What happens when the proton glutamate is mutated?

it doesnt change it into a channel
- it is an intracellular proton acceptor
whereas the gating glutamate is on the outside


What other state was identified in the structures of another CLC channel and where was the channel from ?

used x-ray crystallographic studies
CmCLC from thermophilic red alga cyanoidioschyzon merolae has a CBS domain
the gating glutamate occurs the CENTRAL binding site


What occupies the binding sites in EcCLC WT channels?

in closed state, non-conducting state there are 2 anions occupying the central and internal bindings sites and the gating glutamate is within the external site


What sites can the gating glutamate occupy?

it has been shown that it can occupy the external site and also the central binding site


What is stage 1 of the kinetic scheme for how the 2CL-/H+e exchanger might work ?

protein with 2 anions bound in the central and internal binding sites and the gating glutamate is in the external binding site, causing the channel to be closed


What is stage 2 of the kinetic scheme for how the 2CL-/H+e exchanger might work ?

gating glutamate moves from external site to central binding site and pushes one anion out at the bottom o the channel and this enables one to come into the top external binding site


What is stage 3 of the kinetic scheme for how the 2CL-/H+e exchanger might work ?

then the intracellular proton moved into the internal site to neutralise the gating glutamate at the central binding site making it protonated !
this makes it not electrically favourable to occupy the binding site
this therefore causes the gating glutamate to swing out to the extracellular space which allows more anions to enter the ion conducting pore


What is stage 4 of the kinetic scheme for how the 2CL-/H+e exchanger might work ?

then the gating glutamate becomes negatively charged again and reenter the external site pushing an anion down


With reference to the kinetic scheme of the exchangers what could CLCs do ?

they may not do stages 1 and 2
they may do too much of stages 3 and 4
Stages 3 and 4 look like they have an open ion channel pore


What are the arguments for extrinsic voltage sensing in CLCs?

- CLC function is dependent on ions binding in the pore and on ionic gradient
- ion binding and movement in the pore is driven by voltage
- therefore proton or chloride ions may be voltage sensor


What are the arguments for intrinsic voltage sensing in CLCs?

-some mutations in CLC1 or CLC0 modify voltage dependent activation
-voltage dependent conformational changes detected in a permeation deficient CLC5, analogous to S4 movements giving rise to gating currents