Two different methods were used to determine the relative permeability and the voltage-dependent conductance of several different cations in excitability-inducing material (EIM)-doped lipid bilayers. In one method, the conductances of individual channels were measured for Li, Na, K, Cs, NH4, and Ca, and in the other method biionic potentials of a membrane with many channels were measured for Li, Na, K, Cs, and Rb. The experimental results for the two methods are in agreement. The relative permeabilities are proportional to the ionic mobilities in free aqueous solution. The voltage dependence of the conductance is the same for all cations measured.
Ion Transport Through Excitability-Inducing Material (EIM) Channels in Lipid Bilayer Membranes
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Ramon Latorre, Gerald Ehrenstein, Harold Lecar; Ion Transport Through Excitability-Inducing Material (EIM) Channels in Lipid Bilayer Membranes . J Gen Physiol 1 July 1972; 60 (1): 72–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1085/jgp.60.1.72
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