Barium blockade of the KcsA channel in open and closed conformation datasets.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Data Brief, Volume 32, p.106135 (2020)


<p>Barium is a potent blocker of the KcsA potassium channel. A strategy using x-ray crystallography and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has been used to understand this phenomenon as described in Rohaim et&nbsp;al. [1]. Wild type KcsA is purified to homogeneity and crystallized in low and high K conditions. Crystals are grown using the hanging drop vapor diffusion method. To examine barium binding in the selectivity filter of KcsA, the crystals are systemically soaked in various concentrations of barium chloride solution. X-ray crystallography datasets are collected at the Advanced Photon Source. A total of 10 datasets are collected for various barium ion concentrations. Diffraction data are processed using the crystallography pipeline software RAPID. The crystal structures are solved by molecular replacement methods. The structure models are visualized using COOT and refined using REFMAC. Anomalous map coefficients are calculated using the phenix.maps tool in the PHENIX software suite. The datasets are deposited in the Protein Data Bank. The data provides a detailed picture of barium ion interaction with potassium channels. Structural analysis of the KcsA channel reveals two distinct configurations, open- and closed- state. Further MD simulation analysis suggests an energetically favorable binding mechanism for barium ion in the selectivity filter. The data could be used to interpret functional experiments related to barium blockade for potassium channels. Also, it is valuable for comparison and cross validation with other relevant potassium channel structures.</p>

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