Potassium channels are present in most mammalian cells, where they participate in a wide range of physiologic responses. The protein encoded by this gene is an integral membrane protein and inward-rectifier type potassium channel. The encoded protein, which tends to allow potassium to flow into rather than out of a cell, can form heterodimers with two other inward-rectifier type potassium channels. It may function in fluid and pH balance regulation. Alternatively spliced transcript variants have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Apr 2014].
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Protein Aliases: BIR9; Inward rectifier K(+) channel Kir5.1; inward rectifier K+ channel KIR5.1; Inward rectifier potassium channel 16; Potassium channel, inwardly rectifying subfamily J member 16; potassium channel, inwardly rectifying subfamily J, member 16; potassium inwardly-rectifying channel, subfamily J, member 16
Gene Aliases: 6430410F18Rik; AI132396; BIR9; KCNJ16; KIR5.1