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The past year has seen major advances in our understanding of ion channels, resulting from molecular dynamics simulations and modelling studies. Simulations of gramicidin have revealed that proton conduction along a water wire is limited by the dynamics of water reorientation. Plausible models are now available for a number of other channels, including alamethicin, the influenza A virus M2 protein, and the pore domains of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and Kv channels. Molecular dynamics simulations and continuum calculations have revealed some of the subtleties of the interactions between transmembrane helices and their lipid bilayer environment.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Opin Struct Biol

Publication Date

04/1998

Volume

8

Pages

237 - 244

Keywords

Alamethicin, Animals, Bacteriorhodopsins, Gramicidin, Humans, Ion Channels, Lipid Bilayers, Membrane Proteins, Models, Molecular, Receptors, Nicotinic, Thermodynamics, Viral Matrix Proteins