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connexon

[kənek′son]
Etymology: L, con + nectere, to bind
the functional unit of a gap junction; the hexagonal array of membrane-spanning proteins around a central channel that connects with its counterpart in an adjacent cell to form the intercellular pore of the gap junction. See also gap junction.

connexon

(kŏn-ĕks′ŭn)
A protein that forms tunnels across gap junctions, enabling ions or small molecules, such as glucose, to pass from one cell to another.
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Gating is a reversible transition between connexon channel due to the result of non covalent and covalent modifications of the channel structure.
Extracellular loops are highly conserved which consists of three cysteine residues mainly responsible for proper alignment of connexons between adjacent cells (19).
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To characterize the hemichannel activity of connexons, non-junctional current recordings were obtained from single oocytes with a two-electrode voltage-clamp procedure.
Reactive sites had a predominantly punctate appearance and, in the mesogleal nerve net, a linear dotlike distribution compatible with the labeling of connexon patches (Fraser et al.
Thus coupling between cells of the mesogleal nerve net (amoebocytes and neurons) via connexon channels may contribute to a through-conduction feature that is otherwise difficult to account for solely on the basis of chemical neurotransmission.
If intercellular coupling sensitive to gap junction blockers is involved in sea pansy luminescence signaling, then one should be able to detect a protein capable of assembling into connexons for this coupling.
Pannexin1 and Pannexin2 channels show quaternary similarities to connexons and different oligomerization numbers from each other.
In the current edition, Ganong (physiology, University of California) expands coverage of food intake, mitochondria and molecular motors, melanopsin, pheromones, von Willebrand factor, and the complexity of connexons, while sections on renal function and estrogen receptors have been updated.
In the course of forming gap junctions, the connexins oligomerize into hexameric arrays known as "connexons" or "hemichannels" that assemble in the plasma membrane before docking with the connexons of adjacent cells (1).
In the present study, we used the two-electrode voltage-clamp recording technique to examine the effects of zinc on the currents mediated by the connexons formed by the endogenous connexin (Cx38) of stage V-VI Xenopus oocytes, and those formed by perch Cx35, a connexin expressed in neurons of the vertebrate retina (11, 12).
Small intracellular pores in endothelial cells may also open in the presence of 5-HT Cx43 is a major connexin found in endothelial cells and is found in connexons, transmembrane gap junctions that allow the diffusion of small molecules between cells.