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mSlo, a complex mouse gene encoding "maxi" calcium-activated potassium channels

Science  09 Jul 1993:
Vol. 261, Issue 5118, pp. 221-224
DOI: 10.1126/science.7687074

Abstract

Complementary DNAs (cDNAs) from mSlo, a gene encoding calcium-activated potassium channels, were isolated from mouse brain and skeletal muscle, sequenced, and expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The mSlo-encoded channel resembled "maxi" or BK (high conductance) channel types; single channel conductance was 272 picosiemens with symmetrical potassium concentrations. Whole cell and single channel currents were blocked by charybdotoxin, iberiotoxin, and tetraethylammonium ion. A large number of variant mSlo cDNAs were isolated, indicating that several diverse mammalian BK channel types are produced by a single gene.

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