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Ion channels as electrostatic amplifiers of charge fluctuations

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Article number012049
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Volume142
<mark>State</mark>Published
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Electrostatic interactions between ions in an ionic channel and the charge fluctuations in the channel mouth are considered. It is shown that the charge fluctuations can be enhanced in channels of low dielectric constant, resulting in strong modulation of the potential barrier at the selectivity site. It is conjectured that similar effects can alter transition probabilities in other molecular dynamical systems.

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