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Nonequilibrium rate theory for conduction in open ion channels

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Article number1240016
Journal publication date03/2012
JournalFluctuation and Noise Letters
Journal number1
Volume11
Number of pages10
Pages-
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We present a nonequilibrium reaction rate model of the ionic transition through an open ion channel, taking account of the interaction between an ion at the entrance of the channel and an ion at the binding site in a self-consistent way. The electrostatic potential is calculated by solution of the Poisson equation for a channel modeled as a cylindrical tube. The transition rate, and the binding site occupancy as a function of the left bulk concentration are compared to 1D Brownian dynamics simulations. The analysis is performed for a single binding site of high-affinity, with the exit rate influenced by barrier fluctuations at the channel exit. The results are compared with experimental data for the permeation of the Na+ ion through the Gramicidin A channel, with which they are shown to be in good agreement.