Protein ion channels are nanometer-scale pores that are central to many biological processes, including the sensing of a wide variety of molecules. They have also demonstrated their potential for use in the sensitive and selective detection of ions, the characterization of polynucleotides, and toxins as well as the screening of a therapeutic agent against a key lethal anthrax protein. Further advances in materials engineering, theory, and signal processing are needed to enable practical applications based on biological or synthetic nanopores.
Citation: Handbook of Biosensors and Biochips
Publisher Info: J. Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK
Pub Type: Books
analyte detection, anthrax, ion channels, nanopores, stochastic sensing