Thermodynamic implications of high Q10 of thermo-TRP channels in living cells

Etsuro Ito, Yusuke Ikemoto, Tohru Yoshioka

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Abstract

The activity of thermo-transient receptor potential (TRP) channels is highly dependent on temperature, and thus thermo-TRP reactions have a high temperature coefficient Q10. In thermodynamics, a high value of Q10 indicates the existence of a large activation energy (i.e., a large enthalpy) over a short period during the transition process between the closed and open states of the channels. The Gibbs free energy equation shows that a large entropy is required to compensate for this large enthalpy and permit activation of the channels, suggesting a large conformational change of the channels. These large values of enthalpy and entropy seem to be a match for the values of the unfolding process of globular proteins. We outline these thermodynamic issues in thermo-TRPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalBiophysics (Japan)
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Transient Receptor Potential Channels
Entropy
Thermodynamics
Temperature
Proteins

Keywords

  • Enthalpy
  • Entropy
  • Q10
  • Temperature dependency
  • TRP channel

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  • Biophysics

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Thermodynamic implications of high Q10 of thermo-TRP channels in living cells. / Ito, Etsuro; Ikemoto, Yusuke; Yoshioka, Tohru.

In: Biophysics (Japan), Vol. 11, 2015, p. 33-38.

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Ito, Etsuro ; Ikemoto, Yusuke ; Yoshioka, Tohru. / Thermodynamic implications of high Q10 of thermo-TRP channels in living cells. In: Biophysics (Japan). 2015 ; Vol. 11. pp. 33-38.
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