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Large-conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BK channels) are important regulators of neuronal excitability in the mammalian nervous system. BK channels are activated by changes in membrane electrical potential and intracellular calcium concentration and play a key role in shaping neuronal action potential. Indeed, under typical physiological conditions, opening of BK channels allows potassium ions to flow outside of the cell leading to membrane repolarization and fast afterhyperpolarization, thus controlling cellular excitability. These aspects are of direct relevance to a new study by Farajnia et al., reported in Neurobiology of Aging, on the role of BK channels in aging circadian clock neurons.

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