Photogating of ionic currents across lipid bilayers. Electrostatics of ions and dipoles inside the membrane.

@article{Mauzerall1992PhotogatingOI,
  title={Photogating of ionic currents across lipid bilayers. Electrostatics of ions and dipoles inside the membrane.},
  author={David C. Mauzerall and Charles Michael Drain},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={1992},
  volume={63 6},
  pages={1544-55}
}
The conductances of the lipophilic ions tetraphenylboride and tetraphenylphosphonium across a lipid bilayer can be increased or decreased, i.e., gated, by the photoformation of closed-shell metalloporphyrin cations within the bilayer. The gating can be effected by pulsed or continuous light or by chemical oxidants. At high concentrations of lipophilic… CONTINUE READING