HCN and KV7 (M-) channels as targets for epilepsy treatment

Shah, M.M., Huang, Z. and Martinello, K. (2012) HCN and KV7 (M-) channels as targets for epilepsy treatment. Neuropharmacology . 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2012.03.005.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2012.03.005


Voltage-gated ion channels are important determinants of cellular excitability. The Hyperpolarization-activated Cyclic Nucleotide-gated (HCN) and K V7 (M-) channels are voltage-gated ion channels. Both channels are activated at sub-threshold potentials and have biophysical properties that mirror each other. K V7 channels inhibit neuronal excitability. Thus, mutations in K V7 channels that are associated with Benign Familial Neonatal Convulsions (BFNC) are likely to be epileptogenic. Mutations in HCN channels have also been associated with idiopathic epilepsies such as GEFS+. In addition, HCN channel expression and function are modulated during symptomatic epilepsies such as temporal lobe epilepsy. It is, though, unclear as to whether the changes in HCN channel expression and function associated with the various forms of epilepsy promote epileptogenesis or are adaptive. In this review, we discuss this as well as the potential for K V7 and HCN channels as drug targets for the treatment of epilepsy. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Epilepsy'.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ion channels; HCN channels; KV7 channels; M-current; Epilepsy
Departments, units and centres:Department of Pharmacology > Department of Pharmacology
ID Code:3161
Journal or Publication Title:Neuropharmacology
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Deposited On:04 May 2012 09:39
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