Modulatory proteins can rescue a trafficking defective epileptogenic Nav1.1 Na+ channel mutant

Raffaella Rusconi, Paolo Scalmani, Rita Restano Cassulini, Giulia Giunti, Antonio Gambardella, Silvana Franceschetti, Grazia Annesi, Enzo Wanke, Massimo Mantegazza

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Familial epilepsies are often caused by mutations of voltage-gated Na + channels, but correlation genotype-phenotype is not yet clear. In particular, the cause of phenotypic variability observed in some epileptic families is unclear. We studied Nav1.1 (SCN1A) Na+ channel α subunit M1841T mutation, identified in a family characterized by a particularly large phenotypic spectrum. The mutant is a loss of function becausewhenexpressed alone, the current was no greater than background. Function was restored by incubation at temperature + channels. Importantly, also molecular interactions with modulatory proteins or drugs were able to rescue the mutant. Protein-protein interactions may modulate the effect of the mutation in vivo and thus phenotype; variability in their strength may be one of the causes of phenotypic variability in familial epilepsy. Interacting drugs may be used to rescue the mutant in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11037-11046
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2007


  • Current
  • Epilepsy
  • Excitability
  • GEFS+
  • SCN1A
  • Seizure
  • SMEI
  • Sodium
  • Trafficking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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