The K+ Channel Revisited

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Eventually there will be a lot of helpful medical advances coming out of the knowledge of this channel works. Many diseases, from depression to Alzheimer's could possibly be affected by further knowledge of the ion channels. Recently researchers found that a genetic mutation in mice caused a selectivity decrease in the K+ channel which resulted in Alzheimer's like symptoms a href="#12">(12). This could have very strong potential for further implications. Further knowledge about the deficit in Alzheimer's can aid us in understanding what the normal flexibility of the brain is a href="#14">(14). We know so far that this protein, which is invisible to the naked eye, may hold our potential for learning. Mutations to the protein alter its response to voltage changes, and therefore the potential to propagate an action potential. The possibilities are endless, and the knowledge is fast approaching.

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