Scientists identify how major biological sensor in the body works

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 16:30 in Biology & Nature

A type of biological sensor known as the "gating ring" can open a channel that allows a flow of potassium ions through the cell's wall. This flow of ions is involved in the regulation of crucial bodily activities. But the biophysical functioning of the gating ring sensor has not been clearly understood. Now, researchers have uncovered for the first time the sensor's molecular mechanism, shedding new light on the complexity of cells' control systems.

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