Voltage-gated potassium channels in cell proliferation.

  title={Voltage-gated potassium channels in cell proliferation.},
  author={Luis A Pardo},
It is commonly accepted that cells require K(+) channels to proliferate. The role(s) of K(+) channels in the process is, however, poorly understood. Cloning of K(+) channel genes opened the possibility to approach this problem in a way more independent from pharmacological tools. Recent work shows that several identified K(+) channels are important in both physiological and pathological cell proliferation and open a promising pathway for novel targeted therapies.