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Trimeric ion-channel design

Cavernous chambers, intricate passages, a gate with a curious lock — the structure of an ATP-activated ion channel reveals its architecture. And this intriguing interior design is found in another type of ion channel too.

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Figure 1: Structure of the P2X receptor.


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Silberberg, S., Swartz, K. Trimeric ion-channel design. Nature 460, 580–581 (2009).

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