Nomenclature: TRPC6

Family: Transient Receptor Potential channels

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Gene and Protein Information
Species TM P Loops AA Chromosomal Location Gene Symbol Gene Name Reference
Human 6 1 931 11q21-q22 TRPC6 transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 6 12
Mouse 6 1 930 9 A1 Trpc6 transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 6 3
Rat 6 1 930 8q11 Trpc6 transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 6 22
Previous and Unofficial Names
Names References
TRP6 14
short transient receptor potential channel 6
transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 6
transient receptor protein 6
Database Links
Ensembl Gene
Entrez Gene
GenitoUrinary Development Molecular Anatomy Project
Human Protein Reference Database
Orphanet Gene
PharmGKB Gene
Protein Ontology (PRO)
RefSeq Nucleotide
RefSeq Protein
UniGene Hs.
Associated Proteins
Heteromeric Pore-forming Subunits
Name References
TRPC4 28
Auxiliary Subunits
Name References
Not determined
Other Associated Proteins
Name References
FKBP12 29
calmodulin 2,4,9
SNF8 5
Functional Characteristics
γ = 28-37 pS; conducts mono and divalent cations with a preference for divalents (PCa/PNa = 4.5–5.0); monovalent cation current suppressed by extracellular Ca2+ and Mg2+, dual rectification (inward and outward), or inward rectification
Ion Selectivity and Conductance
Species:  Human
Rank order:  Ca2+ > Cs+ > Na+
References:  12
Ion Selectivity and Conductance Comments
Slope conductance of 35pS in symmetrical 120mM Cs+ [12].
Other chemical activators (Human)
Physical activators (Human)
Membrane stretch (likely indirect)
Key to terms and symbols View all chemical structures Click column headers to sort
Ligand Sp. Action Affinity Units Concentration range (M) Holding voltage (mV) Reference
SLG Hs Agonist - - 1x10-4 -60.0 12
Conc range: 1x10-4 M [12]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
OAG Hs Agonist - - 1x10-4 -60.0 12
Conc range: 1x10-4 M [12]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
SAG Hs Agonist - - 1x10-5 -60.0 12
Conc range: 1x10-5 M [12]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
hyperforin Hs - - - - - 17
2,4 diahexanxoylphloroglucinol Hs - - - - - 16
flufenamate Hs - - - - -
lysophosphatidylcholine Hs - - - - -
20-HETE Hs - - - - -
arachidonic acid Hs - - - - -
Activator Comments
The naturally occurring plant compound hyperforin has been identified as a selective activator of the mouse TRPC6 channel [10].
Channel Blockers
Key to terms and symbols View all chemical structures Click column headers to sort
Ligand Sp. Action Affinity Units Concentration range (M) Holding voltage (mV) Reference
Gd3+ Mm Antagonist 5.7 pIC50 - -60.0 14
pIC50 5.7 (IC50 1.9x10-6 M) [14]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
La3+ Mm Antagonist 5.4 pIC50 - -60.0 14
pIC50 5.4 [14]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
SKF96365 Mm Antagonist 5.4 pIC50 - -60.0 14
pIC50 5.4 (IC50 4.2x10-6 M) [14]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
La3+ Hs - ~5.22 pIC50 - -
pIC50 ~5.22 (IC50 ~6x10-6 M)
amiloride Mm Antagonist 3.9 pIC50 - -60.0 14
pIC50 3.9 (IC50 1.29x10-4 M) [14]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
Cd2+ Mm Antagonist 3.6 pIC50 - -60.0 14
pIC50 3.6 (IC50 2.53x10-4 M) [14]
Holding voltage: -60.0 mV
Extracellular H+ Hs - - - - -
GsMTx-4 Hs - - - - -
KB-R7943 Hs - - - - -
ACAA Hs - - - - -
2-APB Hs - - - - -
ML9 Hs - - - - -
View species-specific channel blocker tables
Tissue Distribution
Heart, lung, kidney, muscle, intestine, stomach, pancreas, prostate, bone, brain.
Species:  Human
Technique:  RT-PCR
References:  20
Testis, lung spleen, epididymis, ovary, brain , retina, iris, heart, kidney and liver.
Species:  Mouse
Technique:  RT-PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry.
References:  13,15,23
Brain, kidney, heart, lung, adrenal gland.
Species:  Rat
Technique:  RT-PCR
References:  18
Functional Assays
Cation influx in response to DAG generated by receptor-mediated activation of PLC-β and PLC-γ.
Species:  Human
Tissue:  CHO-K1 cells.
Response measured:  Cation influx, using calcium imaging and patch clamp.
References:  12
Physiological Functions
TRPC6 is essential for proper regulation of podocyte structure and function.
Species:  Human
Tissue:  Kidney.
References:  11,19,25
Physiological Consequences of Altering Gene Expression
The trpc6 knockout mouse has increased vascular smooth muscle contractility.
Species:  Mouse
Tissue:  Vascular smooth muscle
References:  8
Trpc6 null mice show a reduced exploration in the square open field and the elevated star maze tests.
Species:  Mouse
Tissue:  Brain
References:  1
Transgenic mouse expressing dominant-negative Trpc6 shows attenuated cardiac hypertrophic response following pressure-overload stimulation.
Species:  Mouse
Tissue:  Heart
References:  26
In mice, ablating the expression of both Trpc6 and Trpc7 eliminates intrinsic light response of the M1 subtype of melanopsin-expressing, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (M1-ipRGCs).
Species:  Mouse
Tissue:  Retina, iris
References:  27
Loss of Trpc6 reduces allergic airway response and indicates that activation of Trpc6 channels is essential for lung ischemia-reperfusion induced oedema in mice.
Species:  Mouse
Tissue:  Lung
References:  21,24
Trpc6 null mice show impaired dermal and cardiac wound healing after injury.
Species:  Mouse
Tissue:  Heart
References:  6
Phenotypes, Alleles and Disease Models Mouse data from MGI

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Allele Composition & genetic background Accession Phenotype Id Phenotype Reference
Trpc6tm1Lbi Trpc6tm1Lbi/Trpc6tm1Lbi
involves: 129S/SvEv * C57BL/6J
MGI:109523  MP:0005595 abnormal vascular smooth muscle physiology PMID: 16055711 
Trpc6tm1Lbi Trpc6tm1Lbi/Trpc6tm1Lbi
involves: 129S/SvEv * C57BL/6J
MGI:109523  MP:0000250 abnormal vasoconstriction PMID: 16055711 
Trpc6tm1Lbi Trpc6tm1Lbi/Trpc6tm1Lbi
involves: 129S/SvEv * C57BL/6J
MGI:109523  MP:0002842 increased systemic arterial blood pressure PMID: 16055711 
Trpc6tm1Lbi Trpc6tm1Lbi/Trpc6tm1Lbi
involves: 129S/SvEv * C57BL/6J
MGI:109523  MP:0003025 increased vasoconstriction PMID: 16055711 
Clinically-Relevant Mutations and Pathophysiology
Disease:  Focal segmental glomerulosis (FSGS)
OMIM:  603965
Orphanet:  93213
References:  19,25
Click column headers to sort
Type Species Molecular location Description Reference
Missense Human R895C 19,25
Missense Human S270T 19,25
Missense Human N143S 19,25
Missense Human M132T 11
Truncation Human K874X 19,25


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