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Using an x-ray scanning microscope a team of biochemists successfully mapped the entire structure of a potassium ion channel gate. The team was able to see how molecular components within the structure receive gating signals and how the gate itself regulates the flow of specific chemicals through the membrane. Both the signaling structures and the flow regulators demonstrate exquisite design.
Anling Kuo, et al, “Crystal Structure of the Potassium Channel KirBac 1.1 in the Closed State,” Science, 300 (2003), pp. 1922-1926.
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