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Mar. Drugs 2006, 4(3), 70-81; doi:10.3390/md403070

Cnidarian Toxins Acting on Voltage-Gated Ion Channels

Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
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Received: 21 February 2006 / Accepted: 27 February 2006 / Published: 6 April 2006
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Drugs and Ion Channels)
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Abstract

Voltage-gated ion channels generate electrical activity in excitable cells. As such, they are essential components of neuromuscular and neuronal systems, and are targeted by toxins from a wide variety of phyla, including the cnidarians. Here, we review cnidarian toxins known to target voltage-gated ion channels, the specific channel types targeted, and, where known, the sites of action of cnidarian toxins on different channels.
Keywords: Cnidaria; ion channels; toxin; sodium channel; potassium channel Cnidaria; ion channels; toxin; sodium channel; potassium channel
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Messerli, S.M.; Greenberg, R.M. Cnidarian Toxins Acting on Voltage-Gated Ion Channels. Mar. Drugs 2006, 4, 70-81.

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