ion channel
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Abby Olena | Dec 19, 2017
Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 
Image of the Day: Cell Scaffolding
Image of the Day: Cell Scaffolding
The Scientist Staff | Feb 27, 2017
Human embryonic kidney cells use actin cytoskeletal networks to organize proteins on the surfaces of cell membranes.
Negative Thinking
Negative Thinking
Amanda B. Keener | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers uncover the first light-controlled negative-ion channels in algae, and they are fast.
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
Kerry Grens | Nov 25, 2014
Researchers have nailed down yet another component of the mechanotransduction complex responsible for relaying signals from hair cells in the ear.
Light-Operated Drugs
Light-Operated Drugs
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2014
Scientists create a photosensitive pharmaceutical to target a glutamate receptor.
Key Osmotic Channel Protein Identified
Key Osmotic Channel Protein Identified
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 10, 2014
A little-studied protein appears to be a critical part of the perplexing channel that prevents cells from bursting.
Evolving Pain Resistance
Evolving Pain Resistance
Jef Akst | Oct 24, 2013
Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.
Centipede Venom Tops Morphine
Centipede Venom Tops Morphine
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2013
The substance targets the same ion channel that's mutated in people who don't feel pain.
The Sound of Salt
The Sound of Salt
Sabrina Richards | Jan 30, 2013
A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.
How Vampire Bats Find Veins
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 4, 2011
Heat-sensing protein channels in vampire bats allow the flying mammals to find the best place to sink their teeth into their prey.