Mechanoelectrical transduction in gramicidin A channels was studied in macroscopic planar lipid bilayer membranes bulged at constant tension. We found a supralinear increase in the single channel activity, which was proportional to the square of membrane radius but could not be accounted for by the increase in membrane surface area or by recruitment of new channels. When being extrapolated to biological membranes, these observations may suggest that the activity of permeability of ion channels can be influenced simply by changing the shape of the membrane, with or without stretching.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2006|
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