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Biophysics and Biology of K+ Channels

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Air date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 3:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
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Category: WALS - Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
Runtime: 01:03:45
Description: NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series

Ion channels catalyze the diffusion of inorganic ions down their electrochemical gradients across cell membranes. Because the ionic movements are passive, ion channels would seem to be extraordinarily simple physical systems, yet they are responsible for electrical signaling in living cells. Among their many functions, ion channels control the pace of the heart, regulate the secretion of hormones into the bloodstream, and generate the electrical impulses underlying information transfer in the nervous system.

Dr. MacKinnon's research is aimed at understanding the physical and chemical principles underlying ion channel function.

For more information go to https://oir.nih.gov/wals/2017-2018/biophysics-biology-channels
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Author: Roderick MacKinnon, M.D., Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller University
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