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Accumulation of beta-amyloid (Abeta) protein in brain is an important characteristic for the etiology of Alzheimer's disease. Of all the possible processes generating the neurotoxic effects by Abeta, disruption of intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis is the primary event. In this process, various intracellular Ca(2+) regulatory mechanisms are reported to be(More)
Using perforated and cell-attached patch clamp techniques, the characteristics of ATP sensitive K(+) channels (K(ATP)), delayed rectifier K(+) channels (K(DR)), Ca(2+) and Na+ channels on single rat pancreatic beta cell membranes were studied. The results showed that (1) the efflux and influx conductance of K(ATP) channels was about 31 and 65 pS(More)
Carbon fiber electrode (CFE) can be used in detection of exocytosis of single neuron or endocrine cell. A simplified method for preparation of CFE, as described in the present paper, greatly ensures the coordination and success of the preparation. Such CFEs have a low noise level. Exocytosis of rat adrenal chromaffin cells was investigated in the(More)
Chemical communication for neurons and endocrine cells depends on their secretion activity. Development of variety of biophysical techniques have greatly promoted the understanding of the mechanism of cellular secretion. Here we will introduce three recently developed biophysical techniques which have been frequently used to monitor secretion activity in(More)
AIM To study the calcium buffer in SH-SY5Y cells. METHODS By using patch clamp technique, measure voltage-gated calcium currents in undifferentiated SH-SY5Y cell line. Then, by using microfluorometric technique, detect the intracellular [Ca2+]i and the dynamic recovery course after high-K+ induced [Ca2+]i elevation. RESULTS There are voltage-gated(More)
In this study the effects of the extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields on intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) of rat chromaffinoma PC-12 cells were examined by using a digital fluorescence image microscopy system. A 50 Hz, 100 microT sinusoidal ELF magnetic field increased [Ca2+]i to a marked level, whereas a static field or a field of higher(More)
AIM To study the anti-arrhythmic mechanism of 7-bromoethoxybenzene-tetrahydropalmatine (EBP). METHODS Whole-cell current and voltage clamp on isolated guinea pig ventricular cells. RESULTS EBP 30 mumol.L-1 prolonged APD90 from 430 +/- 47 ms to 514 +/- 61 ms (n = 5, P < 0.05) without effects on the action potential amplitude and resting potential.(More)
In rat single adrenal chromaffin cells, the effects of methacholine (MCh) on [Ca2+]i and catecholamine secretion were studied with fura-2 fluorescence and carbon fiber electrodes. In the presence of 2 mmol/L Ca2+ in the bath, locally applying 1 mmol/L MCh, either containing or not containing Ca2+, evoked both [Ca2+]i and secretion signals. In the absence of(More)
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