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From Ion Channels to Cell-to-Cell Conversations

  • Ramón Latorre
  • Juan Carlos Sáez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Ion Channels in Contact with the External World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. F. Bezanilla, S.-A. Seoh, D. Sigg, D. M. Papazian
      Pages 3-19
    3. A. G. Miller, C. A. Warren, R. W. Aldrich
      Pages 21-34
    4. Riccardo Olcese, Francesca Noceti, Pietro Baldelli, Ning Qin, Lutz Birnbaumer, Enrico Stefani
      Pages 91-104
    5. Ramon Latorre, Raymond Hurst, Felipe Diaz, Ligia Toro, Enrico Stefani
      Pages 129-146
    6. Pedro Labarca, Celia Santi, Otilia Zapata, Carmen Beltrán, Arturo Liévano, Yolanda Sandoval et al.
      Pages 147-168
    7. Pedro Labarca, Ricardo Delgado, Orlando Jorquera, Carlos Maureira
      Pages 169-183
    8. Gabriel Cota, Ulises Meza, Eduardo Monjaraz
      Pages 185-197
    9. Dale J. Benos, Bakhram K. Berdiev, Anne Lynn Bradford, James K. Bubien, Catherine M. Fuller, Iskander I. Ismailov
      Pages 217-231
    10. Andrés Stutzin, Ana Luisa Eguiguren, L. Pablo Cid, Francisco V. Sepúlveda
      Pages 233-243
    11. Irena Levitan, Sarah S. Garber
      Pages 245-267
    12. Juan Bacigalupo, Bernardo Morales, Pedro Labarca, Gonzalo Ugarte, Rodolfo Madrid
      Pages 269-284
    13. Peter M. O’Day, Juan Bacigalupo, Cecilia Vergara, Gonzalo Ugarte, Diana M. Bautista, Joan E. Haab
      Pages 285-306
  3. Intercellular Channels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307

About this book


Ion channels allow us to see nature in all its magnificence, to hear a Bach suite, to smell the aroma of grandmother's cooking, and, in this regard, they put us in contact with the external world. These ion channels are protein molecules located in the cell membrane. In complex organisms, cells need to communicate in order to know about their metabolic status and to act in a coordinate manner. The latter is also accomplished by a class of ion channels able to pierce the lipid bilayer membranes of two adjacent cells. These intercellular channels are the functional subunits of gap junctions. Accordingly, the book is divided in two parts: the first part is dedicated to ion channels that look to the external world, and the second part is dedicated to gap junctions found at cell interfaces. This book is based on a series of symposia for a meeting on ion channels and gap junctions held in Santiago, Chile, on November 28-30, 1995. The book should be useful to graduate students taking the first steps in this field as well as a reference for the aficionado. The aim of the meeting was mainly to show the impact of various modern techniques, including cell biology, molecular biology, biophysics, and molecular­ genetics techniques in the study of these ubiquitous intrinsic membrane proteins. Molecular-genetics techniques paved the road to the manipulation of the channel­ forming molecules.


biology biophysics cell genetics membrane molecular biology molecular genetics regulation signal transduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Ramón Latorre
    • 1
    • 2
  • Juan Carlos Sáez
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Científicos de Santiago and Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Universidad CatólicaSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Ion Channels to Cell-to-Cell Conversations
  • Editors Ramón Latorre
    Juan Carlos Sáez
  • Series Title Series of the Centro de Estudios Científicos de Santiago
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45605-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-1797-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-1795-9
  • Series ISSN 1571-571X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 504
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anatomy
    Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology
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