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Potassium ion accumulation slows the closing rate of potassium channels in squid axons.

By J R Clay

Abstract

Potassium ion accumulation in the periaxonal space between squid axonal membrane and the Schwann cell surrounding the axon slows the rate of potassium channel closing to a degree that is consistent with the effect on channel closing of an equivalent change in the bulk external potassium concentration. The alteration of channel gating is independent of membrane potential, V, for V less than or equal to -60 mV, which suggests that the effect is mediated at a site on the outer surface of the membrane, rather than a site within the channel

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