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Chaos. 2009 Sep;19(3):037104. doi: 10.1063/1.3184540.

Inositol trisphosphate receptor and ion channel models based on single-channel data.

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Department of Mathematics, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.


The inositol trisphosphate receptor (IPR) plays an important role in controlling the dynamics of intracellular Ca(2+). Single-channel patch-clamp recordings are a typical way to study these receptors as well as other ion channels. Methods for analyzing and using this type of data have been developed to fit Markov models of the receptor. The usual method of parameter fitting is based on maximum-likelihood techniques. However, Bayesian inference and Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques are becoming more popular. We describe the application of the Bayesian methods to real experimental single-channel data in three ion channels: the ryanodine receptor, the K(+) channel, and the IPR. One of the main aims of all three studies was that of model selection with different approaches taken. We also discuss the modeling implications for single-channel data that display different levels of channel activity within one recording.

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