Membrane protein activity is affected by the properties of the lipid bilayer hosting them. These properties are established by both the lipid composition and the thermodynamic state of the bilayer. In the latter case, any parameter that can alter the state of the bilayer is indirectly able to affect the activity of membrane proteins. In a recent study, we have demonstrated that the activity of the KcsA ion channel is strongly related to the thermodynamic state of the lipid bilayer. In particular, when the lipid bilayer is in its main phase transition region, the conductivity of KcsA is increased and all its characteristic times change according to the characteristic times of the lipid bilayer. We propose here that the lipid bilayer can affect the distribution among many conformational substates of the open channel, affecting the corresponding channel conductivity.

Changes in single K+ channel behavior induced by a lipid phase transition / Alessandrini, Andrea; Facci, Paolo. - In: COMMUNICATIVE & INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY. - ISSN 1942-0889. - STAMPA. - 4:(2011), pp. 346-348. [10.4161/cib.4.3.15073]

Changes in single K+ channel behavior induced by a lipid phase transition

ALESSANDRINI, Andrea;FACCI, PAOLO
2011

Abstract

Membrane protein activity is affected by the properties of the lipid bilayer hosting them. These properties are established by both the lipid composition and the thermodynamic state of the bilayer. In the latter case, any parameter that can alter the state of the bilayer is indirectly able to affect the activity of membrane proteins. In a recent study, we have demonstrated that the activity of the KcsA ion channel is strongly related to the thermodynamic state of the lipid bilayer. In particular, when the lipid bilayer is in its main phase transition region, the conductivity of KcsA is increased and all its characteristic times change according to the characteristic times of the lipid bilayer. We propose here that the lipid bilayer can affect the distribution among many conformational substates of the open channel, affecting the corresponding channel conductivity.
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Changes in single K+ channel behavior induced by a lipid phase transition / Alessandrini, Andrea; Facci, Paolo. - In: COMMUNICATIVE & INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY. - ISSN 1942-0889. - STAMPA. - 4:(2011), pp. 346-348. [10.4161/cib.4.3.15073]
Alessandrini, Andrea; Facci, Paolo
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