Monte Carlo simulation for statistical mechanics model of ion-channel cooperativity in cell membranes.

@article{Erdem2009MonteCS,
  title={Monte Carlo simulation for statistical mechanics model of ion-channel cooperativity in cell membranes.},
  author={Riza Erdem and Ekrem Aydiner},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2009},
  volume={79 3 Pt 1},
  pages={031919}
}
Voltage-gated ion channels are key molecules for the generation and propagation of electrical signals in excitable cell membranes. The voltage-dependent switching of these channels between conducting and nonconducting states is a major factor in controlling the transmembrane voltage. In this study, a statistical mechanics model of these molecules has been discussed on the basis of a two-dimensional spin model. A new Hamiltonian and a new Monte Carlo simulation algorithm are introduced to… CONTINUE READING