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Sensing with Ion Channels

Martinac, Boris (Ed.)

2008, XXIII, 304 p.

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  • The first book to describe the role of ion channels in signal transduction mechanisms found in microbial cells and plants
  • Summarizes comprehensively the progress that has been made in studies of ion channels and their role in sensory physiology
  • Addressing a great variety of sensory mechanisms found in all known types of living cells

All living cells are able to detect and translate environmental stimuli into biologically meaningful signals. Sensations of touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell or pain are essential to the survival of all living organisms. The importance of sensory input for the existence of life thus justifies the effort made to understand its molecular origins. Sensing with Ion Channels focuses on ion channels as key molecules enabling biological systems to sense and process the physical and chemical stimuli that act upon cells in their living environment. Its aim is to serve as a reference to ion channel specialists and as a source of new information to non specialists who want to learn about the structural and functional diversity of ion channels and their role in sensory physiology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Calcium - Ionenkanäle - Membrane, biologische - Signalübertragung - Sinnesphysiologie - biophysics - cells - ion channels - membranes, biological - physiology - sensory physiology - signal transduction

Related subjects » Biochemistry & Biophysics - Biophysics & Biological Physics - Cell Biology - Organic Chemistry

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