Gap junction channels of insects exhibit a residual conductance

Robert Weingart, Feliksas F. Bukauskas

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Formation of gap junction coupled cell pairs was used to assess the basic properties of single gap junction channels. For this purpose, two single cells (clone C6/36, derived from larvae of an insect, Aedes albopictus) were manoeuvred against each other to provoke gap junction channel insertion. Intercellular current flow was measured with a dual voltage-clamp method. Utilizing this approach, we were able to demonstrate that gap junction channels, after formation, do not close completely upon application of a transjunctional voltage gradient, Vj. Instead, they exhibit a residual conductance, γj(residual). On average, γj(residual) was 64±4 pS (n=40). This corresponds to about 1/6 of the conductance of a fully open channel. The existence of γj(residual) explains the observation that the conductance of the entire gap junction, gj, decreases only partially at large Vj.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-194
Number of pages3
JournalPflügers Archiv European Journal of Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Insect cells
  • gap junction
  • residual conductance
  • single channel conductance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Physiology (medical)


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