Potassium inwardly-rectifying channel, subfamily J, member 11
Symbols  ; BIR; HHF2; IKATP; KIR6.2; PHHI; TNDM3
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Species Human Mouse
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Kir6.2 is a major subunit of the ATP-sensitive K+ channel, an inward-rectifier potassium ion channel.[1] The gene encoding the channel is called KCNJ11 and mutations in this gene are associated with congenital hyperinsulinism.[2]


It is an integral membrane protein. The protein, which has a greater tendency to allow potassium to flow into a cell rather than out of a cell, is controlled by G-proteins and is found associated with the sulfonylurea receptor (SUR) to constitute the ATP-sensitive K+ channel.


Mutations in this gene are a cause of familial persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy (PHHI), an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by unregulated insulin secretion. Defects in this gene may also contribute to autosomal dominant non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type II (NIDDM).[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: KCNJ11 potassium inwardly-rectifying channel, subfamily J, member 11". 
  2. ^ Smith AJ, Taneja TK, Mankouri J, Sivaprasadarao A (2007). "Molecular cell biology of KATP channels: implications for neonatal diabetes". Expert Rev Mol Med 9 (21): 1–17.  
  3. ^ Koo BK, Cho YM, Park BL, Cheong HS, Shin HD, Jang HC, Kim SY, Lee HK, Park KS (2007). "Polymorphisms of KCNJ11 (Kir6.2 gene) are associated with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension in the Korean population". Diabet. Med. 24 (2): 178–86.  

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