Annika F. Barber

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Several voltage-gated ion channels are modulated by clinically relevant doses of general anesthetics. However, the structural basis of this modulation is not well understood. Previous work suggested that n-alcohols and inhaled anesthetics stabilize the closed state of the Shaw2 voltage-gated (Kv) channel (K-Shaw2) by directly interacting with a discrete(More)
The effects of rapid maxillary expansion on the external root structure of thirteen appliance-attached and five unattached maxillary first premolars from nine patients have been investigated with the scanning electron microscope (SEM). Topographic features of cementum and dentine resorption, as well as initial and subsequent remineralization changes, are(More)
Despite the clinical ubiquity of anesthesia, the molecular basis of anesthetic action is poorly understood. Amongst the many molecular targets proposed to contribute to anesthetic effects, the voltage gated sodium channels (VGSCs) should also be considered relevant, as they have been shown to be sensitive to all general anesthetics tested thus far. However,(More)
BACKGROUND Halogenated inhaled anesthetics modulate voltage-gated ion channels by unknown mechanisms. RESULTS Biophysical analyses revealed novel activation of K(v) channels by the inhaled anesthetic sevoflurane. CONCLUSION K(v) channel activation by sevoflurane results from the positive allosteric modulation of activation gating. SIGNIFICANCE The(More)
Computational methods and experimental data are used to provide structural models for NaChBac, the homo-tetrameric voltage-gated sodium channel from the bacterium Bacillus halodurans, with a closed and partially open pore domain. Molecular dynamic (MD) simulations on membrane-bound homo-tetrameric NaChBac structures, each comprising six helical(More)
Halogenated inhaled general anesthetic agents modulate voltage-gated ion channels, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not understood. Many general anesthetic agents regulate voltage-gated Na(+) (NaV) channels, including the commonly used drug sevoflurane. Here, we investigated the putative binding sites and molecular mechanisms of sevoflurane(More)
Circadian clocks regulate much of behavior and physiology, but the mechanisms by which they do so remain poorly understood. While cyclic gene expression is thought to underlie metabolic rhythms, little is known about cycles in cellular physiology. We found that Drosophila insulin-producing cells (IPCs), which are located in the pars intercerebralis and lack(More)
General anesthesia is a relatively safe medical procedure, which for nearly 170 years has allowed life saving surgical interventions in animals and people. However, the molecular mechanism of general anesthesia continues to be a matter of importance and debate. A favored hypothesis proposes that general anesthesia results from direct multisite interactions(More)
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