287 results found
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    High temperature sensitivity is intrinsic to voltage-gated potassium channels

    Fan Yang, Jie Zheng
    Highly temperature-sensitive behavior of voltage-gated potassium channels provides a mechanistic model for how heat-activated TRP channels serve as temperature and pain sensors.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Regulation of Eag1 gating by its intracellular domains

    Jonathan R Whicher, Roderick MacKinnon
    Interactions between the voltage sensor and intracellular domains modulate voltage-dependent gating and calmodulin inhibition in the voltage-gated potassium channel Eag1.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The isolated voltage sensing domain of the Shaker potassium channel forms a voltage-gated cation channel

    Juan Zhao, Rikard Blunck
    Expression of the isolated voltage sensing domain significantly alters its structural conformation as well as its gating kinetics, indicating the importance of studying the biological assembly in its entirety.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Hydrogen bonds as molecular timers for slow inactivation in voltage-gated potassium channels

    Stephan A Pless et al.
    Tuning the strength of inter- and intra-subunit hydrogen bonds can control potassium flux across biological membranes.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Phosphatidic acid modulation of Kv channel voltage sensor function

    Richard K Hite et al.
    Phosphatidic acid influences the gating of voltage-gated K+ channels through a non-specific surface charge mechanism and through a specific interaction between a voltage sensor arginine and the primary phosphate head group on the cytoplasmic membrane leaflet.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Sculpting ion channel functional expression with engineered ubiquitin ligases

    Scott A Kanner et al.
    Engineered E3 ubiquitin ligases are utilized to elucidate mechanisms underlying ubiquitin regulation of membrane proteins, and to achieve robust post-translational functional knockdown of ion channels.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Mechanistic insights into a TIMP3-sensitive pathway constitutively engaged in the regulation of cerebral hemodynamics

    Carmen Capone et al.
    Extracellular matrix signaling constitutively regulates cerebral blood flow in both physiological and pathological settings.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    KCNE1 tunes the sensitivity of KV7.1 to polyunsaturated fatty acids by moving turret residues close to the binding site

    Johan E Larsson et al.
    An auxiliary subunit alters the effect of a family of small-molecule openers on a voltage-gated potassium channel by inducing structural re-arrangements that promote protonation of the drug molecule.
    1. Neuroscience

    Altered gating of Kv1.4 in the nucleus accumbens suppresses motivation for reward

    Bernadette O'Donovan et al.
    Low effort-based motivation to pursue naturally rewarding stimuli can be increased pharmacologically, by targeting inactivation of a single voltage-gated potassium channel within the mesolimbic dopamine reward system.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Sleep-promoting effects of threonine link amino acid metabolism in Drosophila neuron to GABAergic control of sleep drive

    Yoonhee Ki, Chunghun Lim
    Threonine promotes sleep via down-regulation of metabotropic GABA transmission in the ellipsoid body R2 neurons that generate homeostatic sleep drive in Drosophila.

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