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A sensitive regulator of cellular potassium A class of potassium channels called K2P channels modulates resting membrane potential in most cells. The channels are regulated by multiple ligands, including the antidepressant drug Prozac, as well as factors such as mechanical stretch and voltage. Dong et al. determined the structure of the human K2P channel, TREK-2, in two conformations and bound to a metabolite of Prozac. The structures show how ligand binding or mechanical stretch might induce switching between the states. Although both states have open channels, one appears primed for gating. A Prozac metabolite binds to the primed state and prevents conformational switching. K2P channels are not a target of Prozac, but their inhibition may contribute to side effects. Science , this issue p. 1256

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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1256 - 1259