Perspectives

A K+ Channel Worthy of Attention

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Science  20 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5282, pp. 1677
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5282.1677

Summary

A new family of K+ channels has been defined in a paper in this week's issue [see Köhler et al. (p. 1709)], reporting the cloning of three members. The Perspective by Hille explains why this class of channels may underlie the control of attention in the brain by the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.