A lipid bilayer formed on a hydrogel bead for single ion channel recordings

Minako Hirano, Daiki Yamamoto, Mami Asakura, Tohru Hayakawa, Shintaro Mise, Akinobu Matsumoto, Toru Ide

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Ion channel proteins play important roles in various cell functions, making them attractive drug targets. Artificial lipid bilayer recording is a technique used to measure the ion transport activities of channel proteins with high sensitivity and accuracy. However, the measurement efficiency is low. In order to improve the efficiency, we developed a method that allows us to form bilayers on a hydrogel bead and record channel currents promptly. We tested our system by measuring the activities of various types of channels, including gramicidin, alamethicin, α-hemolysin, a voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), a voltage-and calcium-activated large conductance potassium channel (BK channel), and a potassium channel from Streptomyces lividans (KcsA channel). We confirmed the ability for enhanced measurement efficiency and measurement system miniaturizion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1070
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Ion channel
  • Lipid bilayer
  • Single-channel recording

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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