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Genomic structure, cochlear expression, and mutation screening of KCNK6, a candidate gene for DFNA4.

KCNK6 encodes a tandem pore domain potassium channel, TWIK-2, that maps to chromosome 19. Both STS and linkage maps established KCNK6 as a positional candidate gene for DFNA4, a form of autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hereditary hearing loss. Identification and characterization of Kcnk6 expression within the mammalian cochlea established the gene as a functional candidate for DFNA4. Identification of Twik-2 expression in the mouse cochlea was initially established via RT-PCR assay of cochlear RNA. Subsequent immunoblot analysis of cochlear homogenate yielded a distinct 35-kDa band corresponding to the calculated molecular weight of the mouse Twik-2. Immunohistochemical studies localized Twik-2 expression in the cochlea predominantly within the stria vascularis. This vascular tissue borders the cochlear duct and is a critical regulator of potassium concentration in the endolymph. Genomic structure of TWIK-2 was subsequently determined and shown to consist of three coding exons with splice acceptor and donor sites in accordance with the consensus GT-AG rule. Two separate DFNA4 families were screened for KCNK6 sequence alterations. No mutations were found, thus excluding TWIK-2 as the DFNA4 candidate disease gene. Nevertheless, expression of Twik-2 within the stria vascularis suggests a potential role for this protein as one of the terminal components of the potassium ion-recycling pathway that contributes toward its reabsorption into the endolymph.[1]


  1. Genomic structure, cochlear expression, and mutation screening of KCNK6, a candidate gene for DFNA4. Mhatre, A.N., Li, J., Chen, A.F., Yost, C.S., Smith, R.J., Kindler, C.H., Lalwani, A.K. J. Neurosci. Res. (2004) [Pubmed]
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