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Caption: Two studies in the Journal of General Physiology pave the way for a "shortcut" model-free approach to studying activation of polymodal ion channels like the BK voltage- and ligand-activated channel (structural hierarchy pictured here).
Credit: Image modified from: Pantazis, A., et al. 2010. J. Gen. Physiol. 136:645–657.
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