Ion Channel

Ion Channel

Ion channels are pore-forming proteins that help establish and control the voltage gradient across the plasma membrane of cells (see membrane potential) by allowing the flow of ions down their electrochemical gradient. They are present in the membranes that surround all biological cells. The study of ion channels involves many scientific techniques such as voltage clamp electrophysiology (in particular patch clamp), immunohistochemistry, and RT-PCR.

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TRPM2 - Structure
... gene is a non-selective calcium-permeable cation channel and is part of the Transient Receptor Potential ion channel super family ... The closest relative is the cold and menthol activated TRPM8 ion channel ... The TRPM2 ion channel is activated by free intracellular ADP-ribose in synergy with free intracellular calcium ...
... diseases caused by disturbed function of ion channel subunits or the proteins that regulate them ... encoding genes) or acquired (often resulting from autoimmune attack on an ion channel) ... dysfunctions known to be caused by ion channel mutations ...
The Ion Channel in Fine Art
... Birth of an Idea, a 5-foot (1.5 m) tall sculpture based on the KcsA potassium channel ... The artwork contains a wire object representing the channel's interior with a blown glass object representing the main cavity of the channel structure ...
Transporter Classification Database - Classification - 1. Channels/Pores - Ungrouped
... Voltage-gated ion channel like, including potassium channels KcsA and KvAP, and inward-rectifier potassium ion channel Kirbac Large-conductance mechanosensitive channel, MscL Small-conducta ...
Transmembrane Channels
... Transmembrane channels, also called membrane channels, are pores within the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane ... The channels are formed by large protein complexes that run across the membrane connecting the cytosol, or cytoplasm, to the extracellular matrix ... Transmembrane channels are also found in the membranes of organelles including the nucleus, mitochondria and lysosome ...

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