Noise Analysis of Ion Current Through the Open and the Sugar-Induced Closed State of the LamB Channel of Escherichia Coli Outer Membrane: Evaluation of the Sugar Binding Kinetics to the Channel Interior

Biophys J. 1994 May;66(5):1388-97. doi: 10.1016/S0006-3495(94)80929-4.


LamB, a sugar-specific channel of Escherichia coli outer membrane was reconstituted into lipid bilayer membranes and the current noise was investigated using fast Fourier transformation. The current noise through the open channels had a rather small spectral density, which was a function of the inverse frequency up to about 100 Hz. The spectral density of the noise of the open LamB channels was a quadratic function of the applied voltage. Its magnitude was not correlated to the number of channels in the lipid bilayer membrane. Upon addition of sugars to the aqueous phase the current decreased in a dose-dependent manner. Simultaneously, the spectral density of the current noise increased drastically, which indicated interaction of the sugars with the binding site inside the channel. The frequency dependence of the spectral density was of Lorentzian type, although the power of its frequency dependence was not identical to -2. Analysis of the power density spectra using a previously proposed simple model (Benz, R., A. Schmid, and G. H. Vos-Scheperkeuter. 1987. J. Membr. Biol. 100: 12-29), allowed the evaluation of the on- and the off-rate constants for the maltopentaose binding to the binding site inside the LamB channels. This means also that the maltopentaose flux through the LamB channel could be estimated by assuming a simple one-site, two-barrier model for the sugar transport from the results of the noise analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / chemistry
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Binding Sites
  • Biological Transport, Active
  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Electric Conductivity
  • Electrochemistry
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism*
  • Ion Channels / chemistry
  • Ion Channels / metabolism*
  • Kinetics
  • Lipid Bilayers / chemistry
  • Lipid Bilayers / metabolism
  • Membrane Potentials
  • Models, Biological
  • Oligosaccharides / metabolism
  • Porins
  • Receptors, Virus / chemistry
  • Receptors, Virus / metabolism*


  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
  • Ion Channels
  • Lipid Bilayers
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Porins
  • Receptors, Virus
  • maltoporins
  • maltopentaose