Balls, Chains, and Potassium Channels

  • Ramón Latorre
  • Enrico Stefani
  • Ligia Toro


When depolarized most voltage-dependent channels undergo a process known as inactivation. This molecular rearrangement can take place in a time scale ranging from a few milliseconds to several seconds and is characterized by a decrease in ionic current with time after the onset of a depolarizing voltage pulse.


Potassium Channel Voltage Sensor Fast Inactivation Channel Inactivation Inactivation Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramón Latorre
    • 1
    • 2
  • Enrico Stefani
    • 3
  • Ligia Toro
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Científicos de Santiago CasillaSantiago 9Chile
  2. 2.Department of Biology Faculty of SciencesUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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