The rapid growth of interest and research activity in ion channels is indicative of their fundamental importance in the maintenance of the living state. This volume was prepared with a view toward providing a sampling of the range of molecular and physical methods that are significant for the study of ion channels.

As part of the Reliable Lab Solutions series, Essential Ion Channel Methods brings together chapters from volumes 293 and 294 of Methods in Enzymology. The chapters have been selected by the editor and updated, when possible, by their original authors to include new research and references. The result is a set of chapters which make use of graphics, comparisons to other methods, and provide tricks and approaches that make it possible to adapt methods to other systems. Methods are presented in a fashion that allows their replication by individuals new to the field, yet providing valuable information for seasoned investigators.

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Researchers in and students of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, developmental biology, and genetics.

Table of Contents

PART I - Assembly
1. Assembly of Ion Channels
ZuFang Sheng and Carol Deutsch

PART II - Genetics
2. Identification of Ion Channel-Associated Proteins Using the Yeast Two-Hybrid System
Martin Niethammer and Morgan Sheng

PART III - Electrophysiology
3. Patch Clamp Studies of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Chloride Channel
John W. Hanrahan, Zie Kone , Ceri J. Mathews,Jiexin Luo, Yanlin Jia  and Paul Lindsell

4. Tight-Seal Whole-cell Patch Clamping of C. elegans Neurons
S.R. Lockery and M.B. Goodman

5. Gating Currents
Enrico Stefani and Francisco Bezanilla

6. Determining Ion Channel Permeation Properties
Ted Begenisich

PART IV - Expression Systems
7. Expression of Ligand-Gated Ion Channels Using Using Semliki Forest Virus and Baculovirus
Kathryn Radford and Gary Buell

8. Recombinant Adenovirus-Mediated Expression in Nervous System of Genes Coding for Ion Channels and Other Molecules Involved in Synaptic Function
Markus U. Ehrengruber, Markus Lanzrein, Youfeng Xu, Mark C. Jasek, David B. Kantor, Erin M. Schuman, Henry A. Lester, and Norman Davidson

9. Transient Expression of Heteromeric Ion Channels
Alison L. Eertmoed, Yolanda F. Vallejo, and William N. Green

PART V - Model Simulations
10. Computer Simulations and Modeling of Ion Channels
Michael E. Green

PART VI.  Physical
11. Fluorescence Techniques for Measuring Ion Channel Activity
Gönül Velicelebi, Kenneth A. Stauderman, Mark A. Varney, Michael Akong, Stephen D. Hess, and Edwin C. Johnson

12. Ligand Binding Methods for Analysis of Ion Channel Structure and Function
Steen E. Pedersen, Monica M. Lurtz, and Rao V. L. Papineni

13. Three-dimensional structure of membrane proteins determined by two-dimensional crystallization, electron cryomicroscopy, and image analysis
Mark Yeager, Vinzenz M. Unger, Alok K. Mitra

14. Voltage


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