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The ATP-activated P2X7 receptor channel is involved in immune function and inflammatory pain and represents an important drug target. Here we describe a new P2X7 splice variant (P2X7(k)), containing an alternative intracellular N terminus and first transmembrane domain encoded by a novel exon 1 in the rodent P2rx7 gene. Whole cell patch clamp recordings of(More)
P2X receptors are ATP-gated nonselective cation channels. Functional receptors are assembled as homotrimers or heterotrimers of seven cloned subunits. Each subunit contains two transmembrane domains linked by a large extracellular loop that is required for agonist binding. So far, there is no direct evidence indicating whether the agonist binding site is(More)
P2X receptors are ATP-gated cation channels and assembled as homotrimers or heterotrimers from seven cloned subunits. Each subunit contains two transmembrane domains connected by a large extracellular loop. We have previously shown that replacement of two conserved residues, K68 and F291, by cysteine residues leads to disulfide cross-linking between(More)
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