PubMed 10720929

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Automatically associated channels: ClvC1 , ClvC4

Title: Molecular mechanisms of ion conduction in ClC-type chloride channels: lessons from disease-causing mutations.

Authors: C Fahlke

Journal, date & volume: Kidney Int., 2000 Mar , 57, 780-6

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The muscle Cl- channel, ClC-1, is a member of the ClC family of voltage-gated Cl- channels. Mutations in CLCN1, the gene encoding this channel, cause two forms of inherited human muscle disorders: recessive generalized myotonia congenita (Becker) and dominant myotonia (Thomsen). The functional characterization of these naturally occurring mutations not only allowed a better understanding of the pathophysiology of myotonia, it also provided important insights into the structure and function of the entire ClC channel family. This review describes recent experiments using a combination of cellular electrophysiology, molecular genetics, and recombinant DNA technology to study the molecular basis of ion permeation and selection in ClC-type chloride channels.