Latest Ion channels Stories
Studies of a protein that fruit flies use to sense heat and chemicals may someday provide solutions to human pain and the control of disease-spreading mosquitoes.
The future of drug design lies in developing therapies that can target specific cellular processes without causing adverse reactions in other areas of the nervous system.
It has long been known that distinctive blue flashes--a type of bioluminescence--that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates..
When researchers discovered the primary genetic defect that causes cystic fibrosis (CF) back in 1989, they opened up a new realm of research into treatment and a cure for the disease.
The heartbeat is the result of rhythmic contractions of the heart muscle, which are in turn regulated by electrical signals called action potentials.
A gene that governs the flow of potassium in and out of cells in blood vessels could provide a new avenue for controlling blood pressure.
Researchers have collaborated to generate new knowledge about an important part of the brainâ€™s complex communication system.
As the gatekeepers of ion flow through cell membranes, ion channels are of key interest in numerous cellular processes.
By altering the genetic makeup of normally "unexcitable" cells, Duke University bioengineers have turned them into cells capable of generating and passing electrical current.
BK channels (large-conductance, Ca2+-dependent K+ channels) are essential for the regulation of important biological processes such as smooth muscle tone and neuronal excitability.
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