Mechanosensitive channel of large conductance

A. Kloda, E. Petrov, G.R. Meyer, T.N. Nguyen, A.C. Hurst, Livia Hool, B. Martinac

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Microbial cells constitutively express the Large Conductance Mechanosensitive Channel which opens in response to stretch forces in the lipid bilayer. The channel protein forms a homopentamer with each subunit containing two transmembrane regions and gates via the bilayer mechanism evoked by hydrophobic mismatch and changes in the membrane curvature and/or transbilayer pressure profile. During the stationary phase and during osmotic shock the channel protein is up-regulated to prevent cell lysis. Pharmacological potential of MscL may involve discovery of new age antibiotics to combat multiple drug-resistant bacterial strains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-169
JournalThe International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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