In search of a consensus model of the resting state of a voltage-sensing domain

Neuron. 2011 Dec 8;72(5):713-20. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.09.024.


Voltage-sensing domains (VSDs) undergo conformational changes in response to the membrane potential and are the critical structural modules responsible for the activation of voltage-gated channels. Structural information about the key conformational states underlying voltage activation is currently incomplete. Through the use of experimentally determined residue-residue interactions as structural constraints, we determine and refine a model of the Kv channel VSD in the resting conformation. The resulting structural model is in broad agreement with results that originate from various labs using different techniques, indicating the emergence of a consensus for the structural basis of voltage sensing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ion Channel Gating*
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation*
  • Potassium Channels, Voltage-Gated / chemistry*
  • Potassium Channels, Voltage-Gated / physiology
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Potassium Channels, Voltage-Gated