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A Specific Interaction between the Cardiac Sodium Channel and Site-3 Toxin Anthopleurin B*
The polypeptide neurotoxin anthopleurin B (ApB) isolated from the venom of the sea anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica is one of a family of toxins that bind to the extracellular face ofExpand
Differences in the binding sites of two site-3 sodium channel toxins
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This work examines the interaction of chimeric channels with a form of ApB in which the two nonconserved basic residues, Arg-12 and Lys-49, were converted to the corresponding neutral amino acids from ApA and concludes that the differential component of ApA binding is controlled by domain 4 and that some component ofApB binding is not shared by ApA. Expand
Multiple cationic residues of anthopleurin B that determine high affinity and channel isoform discrimination.
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The role of cationic residues is investigated by characterizing toxin mutants in which two such residues are replaced simultaneously, which reduced affinity of the toxin for neuronal channels to a much greater extent than for cardiac channels and produced affinities only slightly lower than for ApA in each case. Expand
Direct Observation of a Preinactivated, Open State in BK Channels with β2 Subunits
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It is demonstrated, using both macroscopic and single channel current recordings, that a preinactivated state is also a property of mSlo1+β2 channels, suggesting that channel opening and inactivation are at least partly separable in this channel. Expand
BK Channels with β3a Subunits Generate Use-Dependent Slow Afterhyperpolarizing Currents by an Inactivation-Coupled Mechanism
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It is reported that as a consequence of a specific mechanism of inactivation, BK channels containing the β3a auxiliary subunit exhibit an anomalous slowing of channel closing, which produces a net repolarizing current flux that markedly exceeds that expected if all open channels had simply closed. Expand
A Guide Wire Uncoiling During a Central Line Exchange
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A case of guide wire breakage is presented, a review of guidewire complications described in the literature, and suggestions for preventing guide wire complications are provided. Expand