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1999). These channels belong to a diverse family that includes epithelial sodium channels (ENaCs) and the degenerin channels (DEG). Members of this family share a membrane topology consisting of two transmembrane domains, short intracellular N- and C-termini, and a large extracellular loop. They all preferentially pass Na+ ions, are blocked by amiloride, and are insensitive to voltage. The family displays great diversity as well: some channels are constitutively open (ENaC), others are gated by ligands including protons (ASIC) or peptides (FMRF-amide gated channel, FaNaC), and still others become active after a mutation and may be mechanically sensitive (DEG).
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The ectonucleotidase-resistant ATP analogue a$-methylene ATP is > loo-fold more potent than ATP. This analogue is a potent agonist of the P2Xs receptor subtype. From Bland-Ward and Humphrey (1997). , 1996). Adenosine: the fate of extracellular ATP A ubiquitous ectonucleotidase action on extracellular ATP quickly produces adenosine that may further propagate the pain of tissue injury. Like ATP, adenosine causes pain in the human blister base (Bleehen and Keele, 1977). However, the response to adenosine can be distinguished from that of ATP.