Vora, Taira; Corry, Ben; Chung, Shin-Ho
We suggest that the crystal structure of the mechanosensitive channel of small conductance is in a minimally conductive state rather than being fully activated. Performing Brownian dynamics simulations on the crystal structure show that no ions pass through it. When simulations are conducted on just the transmembrane domain (excluding the cytoplasmic residues 128 to 280) ions are seen to pass through the channel, but the conductance of ∼ 30 pS is well below experimentally measured values. The...[Show more]
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