Claire C. Quinn

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Block of K+ channels can be influenced by the ability of charged residues on the protein surface to accumulate cationic blocking ions to concentrations greater than those in bulk solution. We examined the ionic strength dependence of extracellular block of Shaker K+ channels by tetraethylammonium ions (TEA+) and by a trivalent quaternary ammonium ion,(More)
We used molecular biological and patch-clamp techniques to identify the Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel genes in mouse parotid acinar cells. Two types of K(+) channels were activated by intracellular Ca(2+) with single-channel conductance values of 22 and 140 pS (in 135 mM external K(+)), consistent with the intermediate and maxi-K classes of Ca(2+)-activated(More)
In spite of a generally well-conserved outer vestibule and pore structure, there is considerable diversity in the pharmacology of K channels. We have investigated the role of specific outer vestibule charged residues in the pharmacology of K channels using tetraethylammonium (TEA) and a trivalent TEA analog, gallamine. Similar to Shaker K channels,(More)
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