Ion conduction in K(+)-channels is usually described in terms of concerted movements of K(+) progressing in a single file through a narrow pore. Permeation is driven by an incoming ion knocking on those ions already inside the protein. A fine-tuned balance between high-affinity binding and electrostatic repulsive forces between permeant ions is needed to achieve efficient conduction. While K(+)-channels are known to be highly selective for K(+) over Na(+), some K(+) channels conduct Na(+) in the absence of K(+). Other ions are known to permeate K(+)-channels with a more moderate preference and unusual conduction features. We describe an extensive computational study on ion conduction in K(+)-channels rendering free energy profiles for the translocation of three different alkali ions and some of their mixtures. The free energy maps for Rb(+) translocation show at atomic level why experimental Rb(+) conductance is slightly lower than that of K(+). In contrast to K(+) or Rb(+), external Na(+) block K(+) currents, and the sites where Na(+) transport is hindered are characterized. Translocation of K(+)/Na(+) mixtures is energetically unfavorable owing to the absence of equally spaced ion-binding sites for Na(+), excluding Na(+) from a channel already loaded with K(+).

Furini, S., & Domene, C. (2011). Selectivity and Permeation of Alkali Metal Ions in K(+)-channels. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 409(5), 867-878 [10.1016/j.jmb.2011.04.043].

Selectivity and Permeation of Alkali Metal Ions in K(+)-channels

FURINI, SIMONE;
2011

Abstract

Ion conduction in K(+)-channels is usually described in terms of concerted movements of K(+) progressing in a single file through a narrow pore. Permeation is driven by an incoming ion knocking on those ions already inside the protein. A fine-tuned balance between high-affinity binding and electrostatic repulsive forces between permeant ions is needed to achieve efficient conduction. While K(+)-channels are known to be highly selective for K(+) over Na(+), some K(+) channels conduct Na(+) in the absence of K(+). Other ions are known to permeate K(+)-channels with a more moderate preference and unusual conduction features. We describe an extensive computational study on ion conduction in K(+)-channels rendering free energy profiles for the translocation of three different alkali ions and some of their mixtures. The free energy maps for Rb(+) translocation show at atomic level why experimental Rb(+) conductance is slightly lower than that of K(+). In contrast to K(+) or Rb(+), external Na(+) block K(+) currents, and the sites where Na(+) transport is hindered are characterized. Translocation of K(+)/Na(+) mixtures is energetically unfavorable owing to the absence of equally spaced ion-binding sites for Na(+), excluding Na(+) from a channel already loaded with K(+).
Furini, S., & Domene, C. (2011). Selectivity and Permeation of Alkali Metal Ions in K(+)-channels. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 409(5), 867-878 [10.1016/j.jmb.2011.04.043].
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