Perspectives

Mechanosensation and the DEG/ENaC Ion Channels

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Science  19 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5273, pp. 323-324
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5273.323

Summary

Cloning of a new protein that participates in mechanosensation in Caenorhabditis elegans (see J. Liu et al., p. 361) prompts this Perspective's discussion of the superfamily of ion channels that underlie this receptive process and the parallels between mechanosensation in worms and vertebrates.