Ion Channels as Devices

@inproceedings{Eisenberg2004IonCA,
  title={Ion Channels as Devices},
  author={Bob Eisenberg},
  year={2004}
}
Ion channels are proteins with a hole down their middle that control an enormous range of biological function. Channels are devices in the engineering sense of the word and engineering analysis helps understand their function. In particular, the current through channels is driven by the power supply of concentration gradient and electrical potential maintained by across membranes by cell metabolism. The current is controlled by the physics of ion permeation in a narrow charged tube. The wall of… CONTINUE READING
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