Experiments are often performed to study the behaviour of a single ion channel in response to a perturbation produced by a step change (jump) in a variable that influences its equilibrium position, for example a voltage jump or jump in agonist concentration. It is also common to apply a rectangular pulse (consisting of an on jump followed by an off jump); for example brief concentration pulses are used to mimic synaptic transmission.. Assuming a general Markov mechanism for channel dynamics, we obtain theoretical probability distributions of observable characteristics that describe the non-stationary behaviour of single ion channels which are subject to a jump, or to a pulse of finite duration. These characteristics are such things as open times, shut times, first latency, burst length and length of activation. We concentrate particularly on jumps to or from a zero level of agonist, which necessitates some modification to the usual arguments to cope with having some absorbing sets of states. ...
A common concern regarding the use of Xenopus oocytes for the heterologous expression of ion channels is the presence of endogenous channels, which may complicate single-channel studies by providing unwanted background signal (Sobczak et al., 2010; Terhag et al., 2010). An important consideration for our studies was potential interference by endogenous mechanosensitive channels, which have been reported in both excised and cell-attached patches of Xenopus ootyes (Methfessel et al., 1986; Taglietti and Toselli, 1988; Yang and Sachs, 1990; Lane et al., 1991). However, as shown in Fig. 1 B, although endogenous mechanosensitive channels are frequently present in cell-attached patches, they are not active in excised patches under our conditions. Although we cannot completely rule out a minor effect of endogenous channels on our recordings, their contribution to the final conductance measured under tension appears negligible; in traces at relatively high tensions, with all MscS single-channel events ...
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Voltage-gated ion channels play fundamental roles in excitable cells, such as neurons, where they enable electric signaling. Normally, this signaling is well controlled, but brain damage, alterations in the ionic composition of the extracellular solution, or dysfunctional ion channels can increase the electrical excitability thereby causing epilepsy. Voltage-gated ion channels are obvious targets for antiepileptic drugs, and, as a rule of thumb, excitability is dampened either by closing voltagegated sodium channels (Nav channels) or by opening voltage-gated potassium channels (Kv channels). For example, several classical antiepileptic drugs block the ion-conducting pore of Nav channels. Despite the large number of existing antiepileptic drugs, one third of the patients with epilepsy suffer from intractable or pharmacoresistant seizures.. Our research group has earlier described how different polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) open a Kv channel by binding close to the voltage sensor and, from ...
The cGMP-dependent channel protein has been purified from bovine rod photoreceptor membranes and incorporated into planar lipid membranes. At low divalent cation concentrations, cGMP stimulated single-channel current fluctuations. The probability Po of the channel being open strongly depended on the cGMP concentration (EC50 = 31 microM; Hill coefficient, n = 2.3); whereas the single-channel conductance (lambda = 26 pS) was independent of the agonist concentration. The agonist-stimulated increase in the probability of an open channel was largely due to shorter closed times and, to a lesser extent, due to the channel staying open for a longer time. The current-voltage relationship of the single open channel deviated from ohmic behavior, and the open probability decreased at more negative membrane potentials. The rectification of the macroscopic cGMP-induced current in artificial bilayers that contained many channel copies can be accounted for by the voltage dependence of channel gating together ...
Neuronal ion channels are gated pores whose opening and closing is usually regulated by factors such as voltage or ligands. They are often selectively permeable to ions such as sodium, potassium or calcium. Rapid signalling in neurons requires fast voltage sensitive mechanisms for closing and opening the pore. Anything that interferes with the membrane voltage can alter channel gating and comparatively small changes in the gating properties of a channel can have profound effects. Extremely low frequency electrical or magnetic fields are thought to produce, at most, microvolt changes in neuronal membrane potential. At first sight, such changes in membrane potential seem orders of magnitude too small to significantly influence neuronal signalling. However, in the central nervous system, a number of mechanisms exist which amplify signals. This may allow such small changes in membrane potential to induce significant physiological effects. ...
The voltage sensing domain (VSD) of the voltage-gated proton channel Hv1 mediates a H(+)-selective conductance that is coordinately controlled by the membrane potential (V) and the transmembrane pH gradient (ΔpH). Allosteric control of Hv1 channel opening by ΔpH (V-ΔpH coupling) is manifested by a characteristic shift of approximately 40 mV per ΔpH unit in the activation. To further understand the mechanism for V-ΔpH coupling in Hv1, H(+) current kinetics of activation and deactivation in excised membrane patches were analyzed as a function of the membrane potential and the pH in the intracellular side of the membrane (pHI). In this study, it is shown for the first time to our knowledge that the opening of Hv1 is preceded by a voltage-independent transition. A similar process has been proposed to constitute the step involving coupling between the voltage-sensing and pore domains in tetrameric voltage-gated channels. However, for Hv1, the VSD functions as both the voltage sensor and the conduction
Sigma-Aldrichs Cell Signaling & Neuroscience Voltage-Gated Ion Channels. The majority of ion channels fall into two broad categories: voltage-gated ion channels (VGIC) and ligand-gated ion channels (LGIC). Members of the VGIC superfamily are usually closed at the resting potential of the cell.
Our work focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying the robustness of neuronal activity. The properties of ion channels or synapses are dynamically regulated to maintain a stable level of activity, despite numerous external or internal disturbances. This stability depends on the dynamic regulation of various ion channels responsible for neuronal activity. We believe that dynamic processes regulate in a coordinated manner the properties of functionally-overlapping ion channels. We seek to determine the mechanisms responsible for the dynamic regulation of ion channels in the dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta of rodents. These neurons are able to spontaneously generate regular activity patterns in the absence of any stimuli (including synaptic inputs). This "pacemaker" property allows us to precisely define their patterns of activity in vitro and to determine the causal relationships between the properties of the voltage-gated ion channels expressed by these neurons and ...
Only a few years ago, in 2011, the Sternson group exploited the properties of specialized domains to engineer new ligand-gated channels, which they called PSAMs2. First, the Sternson group made the critical observation that ligand-gated (i.e. molecule-sensing) ion channels can be divided into two somewhat independent domains, the ligand-binding domain and the ion channel domain. By screening candidate mutations in the ligand-binding domain of a starter channel, they were able to engineer the channel to lose its innate affinity to its natural ligand and acquire a preference for a synthetic molecule. By transplanting this new ligand binding domain onto other excitatory and inhibitory ion channel domains, the Sternson group successfully created novel excitatory and inhibitory channels. These channels now specialize in binding synthetic ligands that have never occurred in any biological system and are used as a tool to manipulate neuron activities.. Recent work by researchers in the Jan labs ...
A transformed line of human embryonic kidney epithelial cells (HEK 293) is commonly used as an expression system for exogenous ion channel genes. Previously, it has been shown that these cells contain mRNAs for a variety of ion channels. Expression of some of these genes has been confirmed at the protein level. Patch-clamp electrophysiology experiments confirm the presence of multiple ion channels and molecular data agree with pharmacological profiles of identified channels. In this work, we show that endogenous voltage-gated potassium channels in HEK cells are a significant source of outward current at positive potentials. We show that both non-transfected HEK cells and HEK cells transfected with hyperpolarization-activated cyclic-nucleotide gated (HCN) channels have a significant amount of voltage-gated potassium (K(V)) current when certain tail current voltage-clamp protocols are used to assay HCN current activation. Specifically, tail current protocols that use a depolarized holding ...
Ion channels are transmembrane proteins that allow ions to move in or out of cells, and they are vital to a range of biological processes. They can be opened and closed in a number of ways: for example, some are opened by voltage, while others respond to the binding of ligands. Piezo1 and Piezo2 are mechanosensitive ion channels: in other words, they open in response to mechanical stimulation, such as stretching or shear stress (Coste et al., 2010, 2012).. Mutations in the gene Piezo1 have been linked to a blood disease called xerocytosis that leads to hemolytic anemia (Albuisson et al., 2013; Bae et al., 2013; Coste et al., 2013; Zarychanski et al., 2013). It is known that these mutations reduce the ability of the Piezo1 ion channel to close, and this leads to red blood cells shrinking as a result of dehydration. However, the details of this process are not fully understood. Now, in a pair of papers in eLife, Ardem Patapoutian, Michael Bandell and colleagues at the Scripps Research Institute, ...
Ion channel conformational changes within the lipid membrane are a key requirement to control ion passage. Thus, it seems reasonable to assume that lipid composition should modulate ion channel function. There is increasing evidence that this implicates not just an indirect consequence of the lipid influence on the physical properties of the membrane, but also specific binding of selected lipids to certain protein domains. The result is that channel function and its consequences on excitability, contractility, intracellular signaling or any other process mediated by such channel proteins, could be subjected to modulation by membrane lipids. From this it follows that development, age, diet or diseases that alter lipid composition should also have an influence on those cellular properties. The wealth of data on the non-annular lipid binding sites in potassium channel from Streptomyces lividans (KcsA) makes this protein a good model to study the modulation of ion channel structure and function by lipids.
Concentration-dependent biphasic effects of drugs on ion channel activity have been reported in a variety of preparations, usually with stimulatory effects seen at low concentrations followed by increasingly dominant inhibition at higher levels. Such behaviour is often interpreted as evidence for the existence of separate modulatory drug binding sites. We demonstrate in this paper that it is possible for biphasic effects to be produced in an allosteric model of a ligand-activated ion channel, where diffusion-limited binding of the modulatory drug is restricted to either a stimulatory or an inhibitory site (but not both) because of steric overlap. The possibility of such an interaction mechanism should be kept in mind when interpreting experimental data if stoichiometric evidence from complementary techniques suggests that only one drug molecule is bound per receptor/ion channel complex.. ...
Dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) are involved in the control of movement, sleep, reward, learning, and nervous system disorders and disease. To date, a thorough characterization of the ion channel phenotype of this important neuronal population is lacking. Using immunohistochemistry, we analyzed the somatodendritic expression of voltage-gated ion channel subunits that are involved in pacemaking activity in SNc dopaminergic neurons in 6-, 21-, and 40-day-old rats. Our results demonstrate that the same complement of somatodendritic ion channels is present in SNc dopaminergic neurons from P6 to P40. The major developmental changes were an increase in the dendritic range of the immunolabeling for the HCN, T-type calcium, Kv4.3, delayed rectifier, and SK channels. Our study sheds light on the ion channel subunits that contribute to the somatodendritic delayed rectifier (Kv1.3, Kv2.1, Kv3.2, Kv3.3), A-type (Kv4.3) and calcium-activated SK (SK1, SK2, SK3) potassium ...
To investigate the cellular mechanism responsible for the apical membrane Cl conductance in airway epithelia, we used the patch-clamp technique to study single ion channels in primary cultures of...
Spontaneously opening, chloride-selective channels that showed outward rectification were recorded in ripped-off patches from rat cultured hippocampal neurons and in cell-attached patches from rat hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons in slices. In both preparations, channels had multiple conductance states and the most common single-channel conductance varied. In the outside-out patches it ranged from 12 to 70 pS (Vp=40 mV) whereas in the cell-attached patches it ranged from 56 to 85 pS (-Vp=80 mV). Application of GABA to a patch showing spontaneous channel activity evoked a rapid, synchronous activation of channels. During prolonged exposure to either 5 or 100 microM GABA, the open probability of channels decreased. Application of GABA appeared to have no immediate effect on single-channel conductance. Exposure of the patches to 100 microM bicuculline caused a gradual decrease on the single-channel conductance of the spontaneous channels. The time for complete inhibition to take place was slower ...
An input/output data channel operates in conjunction with a virtual memory computer. A channel operation is commenced with the execution of a start I/O instruction which transfers a channel address word (CAW) to the channel. The CAW contains a virtual command address pointing to the beginning of a virtual channel program. The virtual command address is presented to a channel look-aside buffer which translates the virtual command to a real memory address for accessing main storage. The virtual channel command words (CCWs) which comprise the channel program are successively translated by the channel look-aside buffer. A virtual address stack within the buffer holds active virtual data addresses and command addresses for each channel. Interlocking between this stack and a CPU translation mechanism is provided by an I/O bit array. The I/O bit array contains a count mechanism for each memory frame which may be addressed by the channel. Each time a memory frame is addressed by any of the channels, the
Neurons are highly polarized cells with apparent functional and morphological differences between dendrites and axon. A critical determinant for the molecular and functional identity of axonal and dendritic segments is the restricted expression of voltage-gated ion channels. Several studies show an uneven distribution of ion channels and their differential regulation within dendrites and axons, which is a prerequisite for an appropriate integration of synaptic inputs and the generation of adequate action potential firing patterns. This review will focus on the signaling pathways leading to segmented expression of voltage-gated potassium and sodium ion channels at the neuronal plasma membrane and the regulatory mechanisms ensuring segregated functions. We will also discuss the relevance of proper ion channel targeting for neuronal physiology and how alterations in polarized distribution contribute to neuronal pathology.
Trimeric intracellular cation-selective (TRIC) channel subtypes, namely TRIC-A and TRIC-B, are derived from distinct genes and distributed throughout the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum (SR/ER) and nuclear membranes. TRIC-A is preferentially expressed at high levels in excitable tissues, while TRIC-B is ubiquitously detected at relatively low levels in various tissues. TRIC channels are composed of ~300 amino acid residues and contain three putative membrane-spanning segments to form a bullet-shaped homo-trimeric assembly. Both native and purified recombinant TRIC subtypes form functional monovalent cation-selective channels in a lipid bilayer reconstitution system. The electrophysiological data indicate that TRIC channels behave as K(+) channels under intracellular conditions, although the detailed channel characteristics remain to be investigated. The pathophysiological defects detected in knockout mice suggest that TRIC channels support SR/ER Ca(2+) release mediated by ryanodine (RyR) and inositol
The invention relates to the field of drug delivery, in particular, to compounds and methods for the chemical modification of a proteinaceous channel to be used in pharmaceutical delivery vehicles for controlled and/or localized release of therapeutic molecules (e.g., small molecules, peptides, proteins or other macromolecules). Provided are pH- and/or light-responsive compounds capable of controlling the channel activity of a mechanosensitive channel, such as the MscL channel protein of E. coli, or a functional equivalent thereof, and use of these compounds to convert a mechanosensitive channel protein into a pH- and/or light-responsive channel. Also provided are drug delivery vehicles comprising a pH- and/or light-responsive channel protein.
Typically the activities of the ion channels are not called firing patterns as in neuroscience we refer to "firing" when we mean the elicitation of action potentials (spikes) but yes: Whenever an AP was fired a sufficient amount of sodium channels had to be open and therefore I thing your reasoning is correct. In other terms what you are saying is that the effective channel conductances change during an action potential.. On your conclusion: In the regime of natural parameters the time scale of firing pattern 1 mostly depends on the time constants of the voltage gated ion channels and not so much on the absolute number of channels (especially if all the conductances would scale equally). In the world of Hodgin-Huxley like coupled- and nonlinear-dynamical systems the voltage does not scale strictly linear with increasing the participating max. conductances. The interplay of max. conductance and temporal gating dynamics resulting in the effective conductance itself depends on the voltage and there ...
Summary is not available for the mouse gene. This summary is for the human ortholog.] This gene encodes an alpha-1 subunit of a voltage-dependent calcium channel. Calcium channels mediate the influx of calcium ions into the cell upon membrane polarization. The alpha-1 subunit consists of 24 transmembrane segments and forms the pore through which ions pass into the cell. The calcium channel consists of a complex of alpha-1, alpha-2/delta, beta, and gamma subunits in a 1:1:1:1 ratio. There are multiple isoforms of each of these proteins, either encoded by different genes or the result of alternative splicing of transcripts. The protein encoded by this gene binds to and is inhibited by dihydropyridine. Alternative splicing results in many transcript variants encoding different proteins. Some of the predicted proteins may not produce functional ion channel subunits. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2012 ...
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This study reports the formation of self-assembled transmembrane anion channels by small-molecule fumaramides. Such artificial ion channel formation was confirmed by ion transport across liposomes and by planar bilayer conductance measurements. The geometry-optimized model of the channel and Cl− ion selectivity wit
Voltage-gated potassium channel that mediates transmembrane potassium transport in excitable membranes, primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, but also in the cardiovascular system. Prevents aberrant action potential firing and regulates neuronal output. Forms tetrameric potassium-selective channels through which potassium ions pass in accordance with their electrochemical gradient. The channel alternates between opened and closed conformations in response to the voltage difference across the membrane (PubMed:12527813, PubMed:21233214). Can form functional homotetrameric channels and heterotetrameric channels that contain variable proportions of KCNA1, KCNA2, KCNA4, KCNA5, KCNA6, KCNA7, and possibly other family members as well; channel properties depend on the type of alpha subunits that are part of the channel (PubMed:20696761). Channel properties are modulated by cytoplasmic beta subunits that regulate the subcellular location of the alpha subunits and promote rapid inactivation of
Voltage-gated potassium channel that mediates transmembrane potassium transport in excitable membranes, primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, but also in the cardiovascular system. Prevents aberrant action potential firing and regulates neuronal output. Forms tetrameric potassium-selective channels through which potassium ions pass in accordance with their electrochemical gradient. The channel alternates between opened and closed conformations in response to the voltage difference across the membrane (PubMed:19912772, PubMed:8495559, PubMed:11211111, PubMed:23769686). Can form functional homotetrameric channels and heterotetrameric channels that contain variable proportions of KCNA1, KCNA2, KCNA4, KCNA5, KCNA6, KCNA7, and possibly other family members as well; channel properties depend on the type of alpha subunits that are part of the channel (PubMed:8495559, PubMed:20220134). Channel properties are modulated by cytoplasmic beta subunits that regulate the subcellular location ...
Glutamate activates a number of different receptor-channel complexes, each of which may contribute to generation of excitatory postsynaptic potentials in the mammalian central nervous system. The rapid application of the selective glutamate agonist, quisqualate, activates a large rapidly inactivating current (3 to 8 milliseconds), which is mediated by a neuronal ionic channel with high unitary conductance (35 picosiemens). The current through this channel shows pharmacologic characteristics similar to those observed for the fast excitatory postsynaptic current (EPSC); it reverses near 0 millivolts and shows no significant voltage dependence. The amplitude of the current through this channel is many times larger than that through the other non-NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) channels. These results suggest that this high-conductance quisqualate-activated channel may mediate the fast EPSC in the mammalian central nervous system. ...
Changes of the electrical charges across the surface cell membrane are absolutely necessary to maintain cellular homeostasis in physiological as well as in pathological conditions. The opening of ion channels alter the charge distribution across the surface membrane as they allow the diffusion of ions such as K+, Ca++, Cl−, Na+. Traditionally, voltage-gated ion channels (VGIC) are known to play fundamental roles in controlling rapid bioelectrical signaling including action potential and/or contraction. However, several investigations have revealed that these classes of proteins can also contribute significantly to cell mitotic biochemical signaling, cell cycle progression, as well as cell volume regulation. All these functions are critically important for cancer cell proliferation. Interestingly, a variety of distinct VGICs are expressed in different cancer cell types, including metastasis but not in the tissues from which these tumors were generated. Given the increasing evidence suggesting ...
Plant growth depends on the maintenance of the adequate intracellular levels of potassium ion (K+). Different abiotic stresses threaten this homeostasis, thus, the characterization of the molecules involved in the regulation of cytoplasmic K+ concentration is important as they could be targeted for plant crop improvement. The families of 10 Calcineurin B like (CBL) calcium sensors and 26 CBL-Interacting Protein Kinases (CIPK) decode the calcium signals elicited by stress and regulate different ion channels and transporters involved in the control of K+ fluxes in plants. Nevertheless, the detailed molecular mechanisms balancing specificity and versatility to the system require investigation. Here, we show that the cytosolic domain of t he inwardrectifier K+ channel (AKT1) harbors a non-canonical ankyrin domain which is not essential for channel function but serves as a docking site for its regulator, the CIPK23 protein kinase. Mutations on this domain impair kinase channel association. This ...
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TY - JOUR. T1 - Inhibition of ligand-gated cation-selective channels by tamoxifen. AU - Allen, Marcus. AU - Newland, Claire. AU - Valverde, Miguel A.. AU - Hardy, Simon. PY - 1998/9/16. Y1 - 1998/9/16. U2 - 10.1016/S0014-2999(98)00454-3. DO - 10.1016/S0014-2999(98)00454-3. M3 - Article. VL - 354. SP - 261. EP - 269. JO - European Journal of Pharmacology. JF - European Journal of Pharmacology. SN - 0014-2999. IS - 2-3. ER - ...
Ligand-gated ion channels (LGICs) are a group of transmembrane ion channel proteins which open to allow ions such as Na+, K+, Ca2+, or Cl- t ...
K+ selective channels are some of the most widespread ion trafficking molecules in living organisms, with more than 70 genes encoding different K+ channels in humans. KV channels fall into one of the two classical categories of delayed rectifier (DR) and A-type. Delayed rectifier was the original name attributed to voltage-dependent K+ channels due to their delayed activation in squid giant axons. A-type channels are low voltage-activated, fast inactivating (therefore, transient) K+ channels. Specific KV toxins are often used to dissect the particular contribution of different subunits to native currents.. Alomone Labs is excited to offer a line of Overexpressed Membrane Fractions. These membrane fractions are Xenopus oocyte membrane lysates overexpressing a specific ion channel. Fractions are sold as a set of injected and non-injected oocytes and can be used as controls for Alomone Labs antibodies. Overexpressed Membrane Fractions can also be purchased as a kit with their respective antibody. ...
What is difference between Ion Channel and Transporter? Ion channel involves in passive transportation of ions while, transporter involves active transportation
TY - JOUR. T1 - Kv2.1 channels play opposing roles in regulating membrane potential, Ca2+ channel function, and myogenic tone in arterial smooth muscle. AU - ODwyer, Samantha C.. AU - Palacio, Stephanie. AU - Matsumoto, Collin. AU - Guarina, Laura. AU - Klug, Nicholas R.. AU - Tajada, Sendoa. AU - Rosati, Barbara. AU - McKinnon, David. AU - Trimmer, James S.. AU - Santana, L. Fernando. PY - 2020/2/18. Y1 - 2020/2/18. N2 - The accepted role of the protein Kv2.1 in arterial smooth muscle cells is to form K+ channels in the sarcolemma. Opening of Kv2.1 channels causes membrane hyperpolarization, which decreases the activity of L-type CaV1.2 channels, lowering intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) and causing smooth muscle relaxation. A limitation of this model is that it is based exclusively on data from male arterial myocytes. Here, we used a combination of electrophysiology as well as imaging approaches to investigate the role of Kv2.1 channels in male and female arterial myocytes. We confirmed that ...
As ion channels influence many aspects of biology, artificially light-responsive ion channels can facilitate experimental manipulation, allowing neuro
The ability of an organism to detect injury or potentially harmful thermal, mechanical and chemical stimuli - a process generally referred to as nociception - is crucial for survival. The recent discovery of TRP channels as molecular sensors of multiple noxious stimulus modalities (thermal, mechanical and chemical stimuli) in primary sensory neurons has opened-up new avenues for understanding how organisms monitor their internal and external environment. The first TRP ion channel was identified in a Drosophila melanogaster (a fruit fly) mutant, in which the photoreceptor cells responded with a transient rather than a sustained receptor potential to continuous light. The mutant was therefore named trp. The trp gene encodes a calcium permeable ion channel - the founding member of a large family of cation channels present in worms, insects, fish and mammals. However, the discovery of mammalian thermosensitive TRP ion channels in sensory neurons was triggered by the use of natural products derived from
Ion channels are integral membrane proteins that provide controlled pathways for ion passage through cellular membranes. Cation selective channels play important roles in physiological processes such as secretory transduction, control of ion homeostasis, cell volume, vesicle cycling, and electrical control of excitable tissues. The importance of cation channels is also amplified by the fact that many therapeutic drugs mediate their effects by targeting these proteins. Potassium-selective channels are the most genetically diverse of all cation channels. Starting with the first cloned potassium selective ion channel from Drosophila melanogaster, Shaker, more than 100 potassium channels have been identified. The number of functionally distinct channels in native tissues is further increased by heteromultimeric assembly of potassium channel α-subunits with other α- and β-subunits and other modifications such as alternative splicing of mRNAs, glycosylation, and phosphorylation. In light of the ...
Bicuculline methiodide (BIC-Mel) (10-100 microM) altered the kinetics of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) responses in single-channel and whole-cell recordings. The principal effect of BIC-Mel (10-100 microM) on NMDA channels was a dose-dependent decrease in mean channel open time (tau o), accompanied by the introduction of a new closed time (tau B) of 14.0 +/- 3.5 msec (mean +/- standard deviation; n = 14) in closed time distributions, which was independent of BIC-Mel concentration. BIC-Mel (10-100 microM) increased the frequency of NMDA channel opening in a dose-dependent manner, offsetting the decrease in tau o, such that the total time spent in the open state per minute was unchanged, and thus the total charge/min through NMDA channels was unchanged. Similarly, the amplitudes of NMDA whole-cell current responses were not noticeably affected by 10-80 microM BIC-Mel, even though power spectra density analysis of the whole-cell NMDA-stimulated noise revealed changes in the underlying channel ...
Mechanosensitive ion channels (MS channels) represent a diverse population of ion channels. Other membrane-associated proteins with different biophysical properties apart from ion channels, specialized cytoskeletal proteins, cell junction molecules and G-protein-coupled receptors and kinases, among many others are also considered mechanosensitive. MS channels integrate a variety of mechanical stimuli such as shear stress, tension, torsion, and compression and translate them into short-term effects (i.e., changes in ion concentrations and voltage) and long-term effects via changes in gene expression. ...
The experimental results summarized in Fig. 4 can be explained by assuming that the open probability of rod and olf CNG channels is governed by the balance of the action of three relatively independent regions: the NH2 terminus, the NBD, and the core-CL region. Corresponding regions in rod and olf show characteristically different actions. These actions may be summarized as follows. First, the NBD exerts the leading effect on channel opening. This effect is strongly promoted by increasing the [cGMP]. The NBD of rod has a slightly larger opening effect than the NBD of olf at all [cGMP]. Second, the core-CL region has a much weaker and cGMP-independent effect on the channel opening compared with the NBD. The core-CL region of olf favors opening more than the core-CL region of rod. Finally, the NH2 termini have differential effects on channel opening: the olf NH2 terminus promotes channel opening with both olf and rod core-CL region. In contrast, the rod NH2 terminus promotes opening only with the ...
Business Overview from 10-K filing for Icagen, Inc.:. We are a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel orally-administered small molecule drugs that modulate ion channel targets. Ions are charged particles, such as sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride. Ion channels are protein structures found in virtually every cell of the human body. Ion channels span the cell membrane and regulate the flow of ions into and out of cells. There are currently over 35 drugs marketed by third parties for multiple indications that modulate ion channels according to data from IMS Health. We believe this demonstrates that ion channels are attractive drug targets. Utilizing our proprietary know-how and integrated scientific and drug development capabilities, we have identified multiple drug candidates that modulate ion channels. ...
A number of potassium channels including members of the KCNQ family and the Ca2+ activated IK and SK, but not BK, are strongly and reversibly regulated by small changes in cell volume. It has been argued that this general regulation is mediated through sensitivity to changes in membrane stretch. To test this hypothesis we have studied the regulation of KCNQ1 and BK channels after expression in Xenopus oocytes. Results from cell-attached patch clamp studies (∼50 μm2 macropatches) in oocytes expressing BK channels demonstrate that the macroscopic volume-insensitive BK current increases with increasing negative hydrostatic pressure (suction) applied to the pipette. Thus, at a pipette pressure of−5.0±0.1 mmHgthe increase amounted to 381±146% (mean±s.e.m., n =6, P ,0.025). In contrast, in oocytes expressing the strongly volume-sensitive KCNQ1 channel, the current was not affected by membrane stretch. The results indicate that (1) activation of BK channels by local membrane stretch is not ...
Ion Channels in the Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease. William A. Coetzee [email protected] Tel: 263-8518. Hearts are Composed of Cells. The Cardiac Myocyte. Cells Have Membranes. Channels. Pore. Filter. Gate. Patch Clamping. open. closed. Ion Channels - Gating. Slideshow 85327...
Rival design plans for two mooted TV entertainment channels are emerging from Channel 4 and the BBC.. Channel 4 is still awaiting the final go-ahead for its digital entertainment channel E4 before awarding a branding contract. Meanwhile, the BBC, reported to be rebranding and repositioning BBC Choice as BBC3, officially denies it has plans to do so.. E4 head of marketing Dan Brooke expects there to be a pitch to choose design and branding consultancies as soon as the financial go ahead for the project is agreed in the next few months.. Brooke says: "I think we can expect all of those things to happen when we get the go ahead. At the moment the channel is going through the final stages of the green light process.". Channel 4 incumbent consultancy Static 2358 has already worked on the initial conception and presentation for E4. Brooke expects to have determined a plan of action by next month.. The altogether less certain BBC 3 is reported to be launching as an entertainment channel this summer, ...
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Channel numbers refer to the physical channels transmitted in the OggPCM stream. They start at zero, denoting the first channel transmitted in a frame, and range to the number of channels indicated in the main header packet minus one. References to absent channels MUST be treated as an error. If a physical channel is not referenced in any of the channel maps and defaulting is not being used, its semantics are unknown. Such channels SHOULD NOT be played without user intervention, and SHOULD NOT be routed to audio outputs which are currently in use, but they MUST NOT be considered an error. Channel_types refer to logical channels with a clear interpretation on how the sound data routed to them is to be reproduced. All channel_types less than 0x80000000 are reserved for use by Xiph; 0x80000000 and above are allowed for application specific extensions. This scheme allows for 2^31 -1 Xiph defined channel map types and 2^32 distinct channel names. If a channel_type which has not been defined is ...
Channel numbers refer to the physical channels transmitted in the OggPCM stream. They start at zero, denoting the first channel transmitted in a frame, and range to the number of channels indicated in the main header packet minus one. References to absent channels MUST be treated as an error. If a physical channel is not referenced in any of the channel maps and defaulting is not being used, its semantics are unknown. Such channels SHOULD NOT be played without user intervention, and SHOULD NOT be routed to audio outputs which are currently in use, but they MUST NOT be considered an error. Channel_types refer to logical channels with a clear interpretation on how the sound data routed to them is to be reproduced. All channel_types less than 0x80000000 are reserved for use by Xiph; 0x80000000 and above are allowed for application specific extensions. This scheme allows for 2^31 -1 Xiph defined channel map types and 2^32 distinct channel names. If a channel_type which has not been defined is ...
All the data gathered on the effects of PIP2 on Kir6.2/SUR1 channels can be interpreted by a stabilization of the channel in the open conformation (Enkvetchakul et al., 2000). Similarly, our data can also be interpreted by a model based on the stabilization by PIP2 of the open conformation of KCNQ1/KCNE1 channels. This model is also comparable to Shaker channels kinetic models, i.e. one or more transitions of the four subunits followed by one or more additional concerted transitions (Schoppa and Sigworth, 1998). In the model that we used, one transition of the four subunits and one concerted transition were sufficient to convincingly fit the data. The model illustrates how variations in PIP2 levels are accompanied by changes in deactivation with no changes in activation kinetics. The requirement of the four domains to be in the on state to allow the channel to finally open makes this transition slow and rate limiting. Since this step is PIP2‐independent (kS4 is constant and k′S4 ...