F E Weaver

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The ability of ion-channel proteins to respond to a change of the transmembrane voltage is one of the basic mechanisms underlying electrical excitability of nerve and muscle membranes. The voltage sensor has been postulated to be the fourth putative transmembrane segment (S4) of voltage-activated Na+, Ca2+ and K+ channels. Mutations of positively charged(More)
Three different experimental approaches were used to establish that the first transmembrane segment (S1) is important for K+ channel assembly. First, hydrodynamic analyses of in vitro translated Kv1.1 N-terminal domain containing the S1 segment coassembles to form homotetrameric complexes, whereas deletion of the S1 segment abolishes coassembly. Second,(More)
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