Hinrich Lühring

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The most frequently observed K+ channel in the tonoplast of Characean giant internodal cells with a large conductance (ca. 170 pS; Lühring, 1986; Laver & Walker, 1987) behaves, although inwardly rectifying, like animal maxi-K channels. This channel is accessible for patch–clamp techniques by preparation of cytoplasmic droplets, where the tonoplast forms the(More)
After heterologous expression in E. coli, functionally active phosphate carrier (PIC) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria was purified and reconstituted into giant liposomes and used for patch clamp experiments. Single channel currents across excised patches revealed an anion channel function of the PIC protein. Besides the three transport modes(More)
The cytoplasmic drop formed of effused cytoplasm fromChara internodes is enclosed by a membrane. Patch clamp experiments have been carried out on this membrane, revealing a K+ channel as the most frequently detected ion translocator. The K+ channel is saturated at a level of about 20 pA inward and 10 pA outward current. The channel conductance is dependent(More)
The plasmalemma of thallus cells of the aquatic liverwort, Riccia fluitans, is reversibly depolarized by L- and D-serine. At 0.1 mM K+ in the medium, the depolarization saturates at 50 mV; half-maximal depolarization occurs at 13 microM L-serine and 30 microM D-serine, respectively. Uptake of 14C-labelled L-serine depends upon the K+ concentration and is(More)
Formation of channel-like pores in a plant membrane was induced within seconds after application of an aqueous solution containing regurgitant of the insect larvae Spodoptera littoralis. Gated pore currents recorded on the tonoplast of the Charophyte Chara corallina displayed conductances up to several hundred pS. A voltage-dependent gating reaction(More)
BACKGROUND Allicin (diallylthiosulfinate) is the major volatile- and antimicrobial substance produced by garlic cells upon wounding. We tested the hypothesis that allicin affects membrane function and investigated 1) betanine pigment leakage from beetroot (Beta vulgaris) tissue, 2) the semipermeability of the vacuolar membrane of Rhoeo discolor cells, 3)(More)
Internodal cells of the giant green alga Chara corallina were utilized as an expression system for two nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes (nAChR) derived from rat muscle. From Chara internodes that were pressure-injected with the respective cRNA, cytoplasmic droplets were formed, and functional expression of channel proteins in the membrane(More)
The light-sensitive channel in the surface membrane of vertebrate photoreceptors is gated directly and cooperatively by cGMP, and the activation mechanism does not involve phosphorylation by a cGMP-dependent protein kinase. The channel protein most likely is composed of several copies of a single type of polypeptide, which can be removed from photoreceptor(More)
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