alexa Reflections on VDAC as a voltage-gated channel and a mitochondrial regulator.
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs: Open Access

Author(s): Kathleen W Kinnally, Carmen A Mannella

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There is excellent agreement between the electrophysiological properties and the structure of the mitochondrial outer membrane protein, VDAC, ex vivo. However, the inference that the well-defined canonical "open" state of the VDAC pore is the normal physiological state of the channel in vivo is being challenged by several lines of evidence. Knowing the atomic structure of the detergent solubilized protein, a long sought after goal, will not be sufficient to understand the functioning of this channel protein. In addition, detailed information about VDAC's topology in the outer membrane of intact mitochondria, and the structural changes that it undergoes in response to different stimuli in the cell will be needed to define its physiological functions and regulation.

This article was published in J Bioenerg Biomembr and referenced in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs: Open Access

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