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Structural biology

Ion channel twists to open

GIRK channels allow potassium ions to cross the cell membrane, thereby affecting the electrical status of the cell and so its functioning. Structural data now provide insight into the channels' mode of operation. See Article p.190

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Figure 1: The GIRK2 channel in action2.


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