What happens inside a membrane? Novel method to watch ion channels in action (and much more)

20 mayo 2015

Little is known about how the proteins forming ion channels — the ‘pores’ on the cell membrane — change when they open and close, especially the portion that is ‘embedded’ in the membrane. Scientists have invented a method, based on the combined and innovative use of known techniques, which allowed them to observe in detail a specific membrane protein and its structural changes.