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Biophys J. 2002 Oct;83(4):1974-86.

Noncontact dipole effects on channel permeation. VI. 5F- and 6F-Trp gramicidin channel currents.

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Center for Neuroscience and Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84062, USA.


Fluorination of peptide side chains has been shown to perturb gramicidin channel conductance without significantly changing the average side chain structure, which, it is hoped, will allow detailed analysis of electrostatic modulation of current flow. Here we report a 1312-point potassium current-voltage-concentration data set for homodimeric channels formed from gramicidin A (gA) or any of eight fluorinated Trp analogs in both lecithin and monoglyceride bilayers. We fit the data with a three-barrier, two-site, two-ion (3B2S) kinetic model. The fluorination-induced changes in the rate constants were constrained by the same factor in both lipids. The rate constant changes were converted to transition-state free-energy differences for comparison with previous electrostatic potential energy differences based on an ab initio force field. The model allowed a reasonably good fit (chi = 8.29 with 1271 degrees of freedom). The measured changes were subtle. Nevertheless, the fitted energy perturbations agree well with electrostatic predictions for five of the eight peptides. For the other three analogs, the fitted changes suggested a reduced translocation barrier rather than the reduced exit barrier as predicted by electrostatics.

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