Latest Ion channels Stories
Drawing on X-ray crystallography and experimental data, as well as a software suite for predicting and designing protein structures, a UC Davis School of Medicine researcher has developed an algorithm that predicts what has been impossible to generate in the laboratory: the conformational changes in voltage-gated sodium channels when they are at rest or actively transmitting a signal in muscle and nerve cells.
A new study in the Journal of General Physiology (http://www.jgp.org) provides fresh insight into voltage-gated channels—transmembrane ion channels that play a critical role in the function of neuronal and muscle tissue.
People with a certain form of inherited hearing loss have increased sensitivity to low frequency vibration.
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.
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