|PROSITE documentation PDOC00926|
Amiloride-sensitive sodium channels (ASC) [1,2,3] are sodium permeable non-voltage-sensitive ion channels inhibited by the diuretic amiloride. They mediate the electrodiffusion of the luminal sodium (and water, which follows osmotically) through the apical membrane of epithelial cells. In vertebrates, these channels control the reabsorption of sodium in kidney, colon, lung and sweat glands. They also play a role in taste perception. The ASC are composed of three homologous subunits, called α, β and γ. A fourth subunit (delta) can replace the α subunit . The vertebrate ASC subunits are homologous to the degenerins  of Caenorhabditis elegans: deg-1, del-1, mec-4, mec-10 and unc-8. They are proteins that can be mutated to cause neuronal degradation. They are also thought to form sodium channels.
This family also includes:
Structurally, the proteins that belong to this family consist of about 510 to 920 amino acid residues. They are made of an intracellular N-terminus region followed by a transmembrane domain, a large extracellular loop, a second transmembrane segment and a C-terminal intracellular tail .
The signature we developed to pick up these proteins corresponds to the beginning of a conserved cysteine-rich region (there are nine conserved cysteines in a domain of about 65 residues) located at the C-terminal part of the extracellular loop.Last update:
April 2006 / Pattern revised.
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|Title||Molecular properties of epithelial, amiloride-blockable Na+ channels.|
|Source||FASEB J. 8:522-528(1994).|
|Title||Trinity of cation channels.|
|3||Authors||Le T. Saier M.H. Jr.|
|Title||Phylogenetic characterization of the epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) family.|
|Source||Mol. Membr. Biol. 13:149-157(1996).|
|4||Authors||Garcia-Anoveros J. Ma C. Chalfie M.|
|Source||Curr. Biol. 5:441-448(1995).|
|5||Authors||Waldmann R. Champigny G. Bassilana F. Voilley N. Lazdunski M.|
|Title||Molecular cloning and functional expression of a novel amiloride-sensitive Na+ channel.|
|Source||J. Biol. Chem. 270:27411-27414(1995).|
|6||Authors||Snyder P.M. McDonald F.J. Stokes J.B. Welsh M.J.|
|Title||Membrane topology of the amiloride-sensitive epithelial sodium channel.|
|Source||J. Biol. Chem. 269:24379-24383(1994).|