Voltage-gated ion channels

C. Nau*

*Corresponding author for this work
13 Citations (Scopus)


How and where simple volatile organic molecules act in the central nervous system to cause loss of consciousness and insensitivity to pain has eluded investigation; yet remarkable progress has been made recently towards identifying possible molecular targets through which the mechanism of anesthesia is tranduced. It is likely that anesthetics act by binding directly to protein targets; several possible candidates have been identified and the debate now focuses on whether general anesthesia is due to large effects at a relatively small number of critical molecular sites or due to the combined effects of small perturbations at a very large number of sites; voltage-gated ion channels are contenders for either possibility and are the subject of this review.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern Anesthetics
Number of pages8
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)9783540728139
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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