Mechanisms of Selectivity in Biological Ion Channels

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Ca, K and Na channels of biological membrandes are proteins that pass ions through a molecular pore, thereby selecting particular ions of biological importance. We repore here theoretical work suggesting that interactions among charged hard spheres can to a large degree account for the ionic selectivity of such channels.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Technical Proceedings of the 2001 International Conference on Computational Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Published: March 19, 2001
Pages: 43 - 44
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Medical & Biotech
Topicss: Biomaterials, Informatics, Modeling & Simulation
ISBN: 0-9708275-3-9