Rym Ben Khalifa

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Sodium channels posses receptor sites for many neurotoxins, of which several groups were shown to inhibit sodium current inactivation. Receptor sites that bind alpha- and alpha-like scorpion toxins are of particular interest since neurotoxin binding at these extracellular regions can affect the inactivation process at intramembranal segments of the channel.(More)
On attempts to identify toxins showing original profile of activity among K+ channels, we purified Kbot1, a scorpion toxin that blocks Kv1 and SK potassium channels. With 28 amino-acid residues, Kbot1 is the shortest toxin sequenced in Buthus occitanus scorpion. It is linked by three disulfide bridges and its primary structure is 93% identical to that of(More)
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