Primary structure of Electrophorus electricus sodium channel deduced from cDNA sequence

Nature. 1984 Nov 8-14;312(5990):121-7. doi: 10.1038/312121a0.


Cloning and sequence analysis of cDNA for the Electrophorus electricus electroplax sodium channel indicate that this protein, consisting of 1,820 amino acid residues, exhibits four repeated homology units, which are presumably oriented in a pseudosymmetric fashion across the membrane. Each homology unit contains a unique segment with clustered positively charged residues, which may be involved in the gating structure, possibly in conjunction with negatively charged residues clustered elsewhere.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA / analysis*
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • Electric Organ / metabolism*
  • Electrophorus
  • Ion Channels / metabolism*
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Poly A / genetics
  • Protein Conformation
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Sodium / metabolism*
  • Sodium Channels*


  • Ion Channels
  • Membrane Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Sodium Channels
  • Poly A
  • RNA
  • DNA
  • Sodium
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X01119