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FEBS Lett. 2004 Oct 22;576(3):433-6.

Sizing the pore of the volume-sensitive anion channel by differential polymer partitioning.

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Department of Cell Physiology, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki 444-8585, Japan.


Partitioning of ethylene glycol and its polymeric forms into the pore of the volume-sensitive outwardly rectifying (VSOR) anion channel was studied to assess the pore size. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) PEG 200-300 (Rh = 0.27-0.53 nm) effectively suppressed the single-channel currents, whereas PEG 400-4000 (Rh = 0.62-1.91 nm) had little or no effect. Since all the molecules tested effectively decreased electric conductivity of the bulk solution, the observed differential effects between PEG 200-300 and PEG 400-4000 on the VSOR single-channel current are due to their limited partitioning into the channel lumen. The cut-off radius of the VSOR channel pore was assessed to be 0.63 nm.

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