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Biophys J. 1987 Jul;52(1):123-6.

Trapping single ions inside single ion channels.

Abstract

Single Ca++-activated K+ channels from rat muscle plasma membranes are inhibited by Ba++. A single Ba++ entering the channel's conduction pore induces a long-lived blocked state. This study employs Ba++ as a probe of the channel's conduction pathway to show that the channel can be forced to close with a single Ba++ ion inside the pore. A Ba++ ion inside the closed channel is trapped and cannot escape until the channel opens. The results demonstrate that in the channel's closed state, the cytoplasmic side of the conduction pore is obstructed to the passage of ions.

PMID:
2440489
PMCID:
PMC1329991
DOI:
10.1016/S0006-3495(87)83196-X
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