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Previous X-ray studies of have focused on the closed state of the potassium channel. Now the structure of a calcium-activated bacterial potassium channel has revealed the nature of the channel's open state. This provides a first view at high resolution of ion channel gating.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Biol

Publication Date

20/08/2002

Volume

12

Pages

R566 - R568

Keywords

Bacterial Proteins, Calcium, Ion Channel Gating, Methanobacterium, Models, Molecular, Potassium Channels, Protein Structure, Quaternary, Protein Structure, Secondary