Potassium Channels in Excitable and Non-excitable Cells

  • Hans-Albert Kolb
Part of the Reviews of Physiology Biochemistry and Pharmacology book series (REVIEWS, volume 115)

Abstract

Potassium channels play a crucial role in determining the resting membrane potential, time course, amplitude and polarity of electrical changes in most types of cells. At rest the membrane potential of a typical cell is positive to the potassium equilibrium potential (E K). When K+ channels are activated and open, the cell hyperpolarizes and the opening probability of depolarization-dependent calcium and sodium channels is reduced.

Keywords

Permeability Adenosine Histamine Epinephrine Acetylcholine 

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  • Hans-Albert Kolb
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  1. 1.Faculty of BiologyUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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