A C Matavel

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We performed the present experiments to study the action of crotamine, a toxin isolated from the venom of the South American rattlesnake, Crotalus durissus terrificus, on macroscopic Na+ currents in frog skeletal muscle by using the loose patch clamp technique. Crotamine at 50 microM increased the peak Na+ current by 50% (P < 0.05). In addition, the voltage(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated that Li(+) ions can substitute for Na(+) in a variety of functional systems. Using the single sucrose-gap recording technique, we measured the nerve compound action potential to study the effects of tityustoxin (an alpha-scorpion toxin that selectively inhibits fast Na(+) channel inactivation) upon removal of extracellular(More)
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