Ion channels in mesangial cells: function, malfunction, or fiction.


Ion channels in glomerular mesangial cells from humans, rats, and mice have been studied by electrophysiological, molecular, and gene-knockout methods. Two channels, a large, Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel (BK) and a store-operated Ca(2+) channel (SOCC), can be defined with respect to molecular structure and function. Human BK, comprised of a pore-forming… (More)


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