Voltage-dependent anion-selective channels (VDAC), also known as mitochondrial porins, are key regulators of metabolite flow across the mitochondrial outer membrane. Porins from a wide variety of organisms share remarkably similar electrophysiological properties, in spite of considerable sequence dissimilarity, indicating that they share a common structure. Based on primary sequence considerations, analogy with bacterial porins, and circular dichroism analysis, it is agreed that VDAC spans the outer membrane as a beta-barrel. However, the residues that form the antiparallel beta-strands comprising this barrel remain unknown. Various predictive methods, largely based on the known structures of bacterial beta-barrels, have been applied to the primary sequences of VDAC. Refinement and confirmation of these predictions have developed through numerous investigations of wild-type and variant porins, both in mitochondria and in artificial membranes. These experiments have involved VDAC from several sources, precluding the generation of a unified model. Herein, using the Neurospora VDAC sequence as a template, the published structural information and predictions have been reassessed to delineate a model that satisfies most of the available data.