J. Summhammer, V. Salari, G. Bernroider:
"A Quantum-mechanical description of ion motion within the confining potentials of voltage gated ion channels";
Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 11 (2012), 2; S. 1 - 13.

Kurzfassung englisch:
Voltage-gated channel proteins cooperate in the transmission of membrane potentials between nerve cells. With the recent progress in atomic-scaled biological chemistry, it has now become established that these channel proteins provide highly correlated atomic environments that may maintain electronic coherences even at warm temperatures. Here we demonstrate solutions of the Schrödinger equation that represent the interaction of a single potassium ion
within the surrounding carbonyl dipoles in the Berneche-Roux model of the bacterial KcsA model channel. We show that, depending on the surrounding carbonyl-derived potentials, alkali ions can become highly delocalized in the filter region of proteins at warm temperatures. We provide estimations on the temporal evolution of the kinetic energy of ions depending on their interaction with other ions, their location within the oxygen cage of the proteins filter
region, and depending on different oscillation frequencies of the surrounding carbonyl groups. Our results provide the first evidence that quantum mechanical properties are needed to explain a fundamental biological property such as ion selectivity in transmembrane ion currents and the effect on gating kinetics and shaping of classical conductances in electrically
excitable cells.

quantum biology, molecular dynamics, ion channels, selectivity filter

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