Quantum Calculation of Proton and Other Charge Transfer Steps in Voltage Sensing in the Kv1.2 Channel
2019-06-12T12:12:39Z (GMT) by
Quantum calculations on 976 atoms of the voltage sensing domain of the Kv1.2 channel, with protons in several positions, give energy, charge transfer, and other properties. Motion of the S4 transmembrane segment that accounts for gating current in standard models is shown not to occur; there is H+ transfer instead. The potential at which two proton positions cross in energy approximately corresponds to the gating potential for the channel. The charge displacement seems approximately correct for the gating current. Two mutations are accounted for (Y266F, R300cit, cit =citrulline). The primary conclusion is that voltage sensing depends on H+ transfer, not motion of arginine charges.