Sarah C. Bell

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Voltage-sensing domains (VSDs) confer voltage dependence on effector domains of membrane proteins. Ion channels use four VSDs to control a gate in the pore domain, but in the recently discovered phosphatase Ci-VSP, the number of subunits has been unknown. Using single-molecule microscopy to count subunits and voltage clamp fluorometry to detect structural(More)
TREK channels produce background currents that regulate cell excitability. These channels are sensitive to a wide variety of stimuli including polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), phospholipids, mechanical stretch, and intracellular acidification. They are inhibited by neurotransmitters, hormones, and pharmacological agents such as the antidepressant(More)
In the voltage-sensing phosphatase Ci-VSP, a voltage-sensing domain (VSD) controls a lipid phosphatase domain (PD). The mechanism by which the domains are allosterically coupled is not well understood. Using an in vivo assay, we found that the interdomain linker that connects the VSD to the PD is essential for coupling the full-length protein. Biochemical(More)
Human pregnancy-associated endometrial alpha 2-globulin (alpha 2-PEG) is the major secretory protein product of the endometrium during embryo implantation and the first few weeks of pregnancy. It is a homologue of beta-lactoglobulin, a retinol binding protein, but unlike beta-lactoglobulin it is not found in the mammary gland. The cloning and sequencing of(More)
Potassium channels are among the core functional elements of life because they underpin essential cellular functions including excitability, homeostasis, and secretion. We present here a series of multivalent calix[4]arene ligands that bind to the surface of voltage-dependent potassium channels (K(v)1.x) in a reversible manner. Molecular modeling correctly(More)
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