Research in our laboratory is geared toward understanding how ion channel protein structure and mechanism interrelate at the molecular level to allow channels to elaborate various biological properties. We use a combination of molecular, biochemical and electrophysiological approaches to evaluate in a complete fashion fundamental channel properties within the context of emerging structural data.

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Schmidpeter PA, Gao X, Uphadyay V, Rheinberger J, Nimigean CM. Ligand binding and activation properties of the purified bacterial cyclic nucleotide-gated channel SthK. J Gen Physiol. 2018 May 11. pii: jgp.201812023

Kowal J, Biyani N, Chami M, Scherer S, Rzepiela AJ, Baumgartner P, Upadhyay V, Nimigean CM, Stahlberg H. High-Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy Structure of the Cyclic Nucleotide-Modulated Potassium Channel MloK1 in a Lipid Bilayer. Structure. 2018 Jan 2;26(1):20-27.e3.

Posson DJ, Rusinova R, Andersen OS, Nimigean CM. Stopped-Flow Fluorometric Ion Flux Assay for Ligand-Gated Ion Channel Studies. Methods Mol Biol. 2018;1684:223-235.



Posson DJ, Rusinova R, Andersen OS, Nimigean CM. (2015). Calcium ions open a selectivity filter gate during activation of the MthK potassium channel. Nat Commun. 2015 Sep 23;6:8342.

Kowal J, Chami M, Baumgartner P, Arheit M, Chiu PL, Rangl M, Scheuring S, Schröder GF, Nimigean CM, Stahlberg H. (2014). Ligand-induced structural changes in the cyclic nucleotide-modulated potassium channel MloK1. Nat Commun. 2014;5:3106. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4106.

Posson DJ, McCoy JG, Nimigean CM. (2013). The voltage-dependent gate in MthK potassium channels is located at the selectivity filter. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2013 Feb;20(2):159-66.

Nimigean C.M., Allen T.W. (2011). Origins of ion selectivity in potassium channels from the perspective of channel block. Journal of General Physiology, 137(5):405-13.

Banerjee S and Nimigean C.M. (2011). Non-vesicular transfer of membrane proteins from nanoparticles to lipid bilayers. Journal of General Physiology, 137(2):217-23 (Cover article)

Thompson A.N., Kim I, Panosian T.D., Iverson T.M., Allen T.W., and Nimigean C.M. (2009). Mechanism of potassium-channel selectivity revealed by Na(+) and Li(+) binding sites within the KcsA pore. Nat. Struc. Mol. Biol., 16(12):1317-24.

Thompson A.N., Posson D.J., Parsa P.V., and Nimigean C.M. (2008). Molecular mechanism of pH sensing in KcsA potassium channels. PNAS, 105(19):6900-5. Epub 2008 Apr 28

Chiu P.-L., Pagel M., Evans J., Chou H.-T., Zeng X., Gipson B., Stahlberg H., and Nimigean C. M. (2007). The structure of the prokaryotic cyclic nucleotide-modulated potassium channel MloK1 at 16Å resolution. Structure, 15(9):1053-64 (Accompanied by preview)

Crina M. Nimigean (2006). A radioactive uptake assay for the measurement of ion transport across ion channel-containing liposomes. Nature Protocols, 1.3:1207-1212. Invited protocol.

Nimigean, C.M., Shane T., and Miller, C (2004). A cyclic nucleotide modulated prokaryotic K+ channel. Journal of General Physiology, 124:203-210 (Accompanied by commentary)

Nimigean, C.M
., Chappie, J.S. and Miller, C (2003). Electrostatic tuning of ion conductance in potassium channels. Biochemistry, 42:9263-9268

Nimigean, C.M. and Magleby, K.L. (1999). The beta subunit increases the Ca2+ sensitivity of large conductance Ca2+-activated potassium channels by retaining the gating in the bursting states. Journal of General Physiology, 113:425-439

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