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Sensing with Ion Channels

  • Boris Martinac

Part of the Springer Series in Biophysics book series (BIOPHYSICS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ching Kung, Xin-Liang Zhou, Zhen-Wei Su, W. John Haynes, Sephan H. Loukin, Yoshiro Saimi
    Pages 1-23
  3. Paul Blount, Irene Iscla, Yuezhou Li
    Pages 25-45
  4. Takuya Furuichi, Tomonori Kawano, Hitoshi Tatsumi, Masahiro Sokabe
    Pages 47-67
  5. Florian Lang, Erich Gulbins, Ildiko Szabo, Alexey Vereninov, Stephan M. Huber
    Pages 69-84
  6. Karel Talavera, Thomas Voets, Bernd Nilius
    Pages 101-120
  7. Owen P. Hamill, Rosario Maroto
    Pages 121-160
  8. Amanda Patel, Patrick Delmas, Eric Honoré
    Pages 161-174
  9. Peter H. Barry, Wei Qu, Andrew J. Moorhouse
    Pages 175-200
  10. Austin L. Brown, Daniel Ramot, Miriam B. Goodman
    Pages 201-223
  11. Stephan Kellenberger
    Pages 225-246
  12. Charles Kennedy
    Pages 247-266
  13. Takahiro Yasuda, David J. Adams
    Pages 267-298
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 299-304

About this book


All living cells are able to detect and translate environmental stimuli into biologically meaningful signals. Sensations of touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell or pain are essential to the survival of all living organisms. The importance of sensory input for the existence of life thus justifies the effort made to understand its molecular origins. Sensing with Ion Channels focuses on ion channels as key molecules enabling biological systems to sense and process the physical and chemical stimuli that act upon cells in their living environment. Its aim is to serve as a reference to ion channel specialists and as a source of new information to non specialists who want to learn about the structural and functional diversity of ion channels and their role in sensory physiology.


Calcium Ionenkanäle Membrane, biologische Signalübertragung Sinnesphysiologie biophysics cells ion channels membranes, biological physiology sensory physiology signal transduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Boris Martinac
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QueenslandAustralia

About the editors

Boris Martinac graduated in Physics from the Rheinish-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany in 1976 and received his PhD in Biophysics from the same university in 1980. His doctoral research on ion flux measurements across the cell membrane of a ciliate Paramecium was supervised by Eilo Hildebrand at the Research Centre Jülich. He then did postdoctoral work on electrophysiology of ciliates with Hans Machemer at the Ruhr University in Bochum. From there he moved in 1983 to the laboratory of Ching Kung at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he used the patch clamp technique to study microbial ion channels. In 1993, he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia. In 2005, he moved to the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia where he is a Foundation Professor of Biophysics.

Boris Martinac has earned international reputation as one of the pioneers in characterisation of ion channels in microbial cells. The discovery, cloning and structural and functional characterisation of mechanosensitive ion channels in bacteria present his original contribution to the ion channel research field. He is the recipient of a Fellowship by the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education and an Australian Professorial Fellowship by the Australian Research Council. He served as a President of the Australian Society for Biophysics, and has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the European Biophysics Journal and as a Corresponding Member for Australia and New Zealand to the Physiological Reviews Editorial Board.

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