Channel-sizing experiments in multichannel bilayers

O V Krasilnikov, P G Merzlyak, L N Yuldasheva, R A Nogueira
1998 General Physiology and Biophysics  
The possibility of obtaining information about the radius of high and low conductance states of channels in multichannel membranes was tested experimentally. In spite of the interference of non-electrolytes on the numbers of channels that appeared in the membrane, the non-electrolyte-exclusion method was successfully adapted to multichannel bilayers to estimate the radius of the larger opening of the low conductance state of the channel induced by Staphylococcus aureus alpha-toxin. At the pH
more » ... toxin. At the pH used, the channel transition to a low conductance state was accompanied by a decrease of the opening radius from 1.3 +/- 0.2 nm to 0.9 +/- 0.1 nm. The determination criteria for maximum size of a channel opening when using the non-electrolyte exclusion method is discussed.
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