Ion Channels and Disease: Channelopathies (Quantitative by Frances M. Ashcroft

By Frances M. Ashcroft

Ion channels are membrane proteins that act as gated pathways for the stream of ions throughout telephone membranes. They play crucial roles within the body structure of all cells. in recent times, an ever-increasing variety of human and animal ailments were discovered to outcome from defects in ion channel functionality. each one of these ailments come up from mutations within the genes encoding ion channel proteins, and they're now known as the channelopathies.

Ion Channels and Disease offers an informative and updated account of our current figuring out of ion channels and the molecular foundation of ion channel illnesses. It incorporates a simple advent to the appropriate facets of molecular biology and biophysics and a quick description of the relevant tools used to review channelopathies. for every channel, the connection among its molecular constitution and its useful houses is mentioned and ways that genetic mutations produce the affliction phenotype are considered.

This ebook is meant for learn staff and clinicians, in addition to graduates and complicated undergraduates. The textual content is obvious and vigorous and assumes little wisdom, but it takes the reader to frontiers of what's presently recognized approximately this most enjoyable and medically very important region of physiology.

  • Introduces the appropriate elements of molecular biology and biophysics
  • Describes the imperative tools used to review channelopathies
  • Considers unmarried sessions of ion channels with summaries of the physiological function, subunit composition, molecular constitution and chromosomal position, plus the connection among channel constitution and function
  • Looks at these ailments linked to faulty channel constructions and rules, together with mutations affecting channel functionality and to what volume this transformation in channel functionality can account for the medical phenotype

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