, Volume 6, Issue 1-3, pp 363-365
Date: 18 Jan 2007

Shockley-Ramo theorem measures conformation changes of ion channels and proteins

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Abstract

Theorems are rarely used in biology because they rarely help the descriptive experimentation to which biologists are devoted. A generalization of Kirchoff’s current law—the Shockley-Ramo (SR) theorem [1–6]—seems an exception. SR allows interpretation of macroscopic scale ‘gating’ currents associated with atomic scale charge movements within proteins.