Physiological role of inward rectifier K+ channels in vascular smooth muscle cells


K+ channels play indispensable roles in establishing the membrane potential and in regulating the contractile tone of arterial smooth muscle cells. There are four types of K+ channels in arterial smooth muscle: voltage-dependent K+ (KV), Ca2+-dependent K+ (BKCa), ATP-dependent K+ (KATP), and inward rectifier K+ (Kir2) channels. Comparatively few… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00424-008-0512-7

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