Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
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Coetzee, W. A. and Rudy, B. 2006. Potassium Channels. eLS. .
- Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
Potassium channels constitute a highly diverse class of ion channel and thus participate in multiple modulatory functions. There are several functional types of K+ channel, including voltage-gated K+ channels, Ca2+-activated K+ channels, inward rectifiers, leak K+ channels and Na+-activated K+ channels. Principal or pore-forming subunits of at least the first four types have been identified and are classified into three groups of proteins on the basis of their structural properties.
- potassium channels;
- ion channels;
- membrane proteins;
- transport proteins