A. N. Verkhratskii

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Using indo-1- and fura-2-based microfluorometry for measuring the cytoplasmic free calcium concentration ([Ca2+] in ), the properties of caffeine-induced Ca2+ release from internal stores were studied in rat cultured central and peripheral neurons, including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, neurons from then. cuneatus, CA1 and CA3 hippocampal regions,(More)
Block of sodium currents by allapinine (diterpene alkaloid with strong antiarrhythmic properties) was investigated in isolated, voltage-clamped trigeminal neurons of a rat and single ventricular myocytes of a neonatal rat. Allapinine (in micromolar concentrations) produced a 70-90% decrease of the sodium current amplitude without any changes in(More)
Cytosolic free calcium [( Ca2+]in) was measured using fura-2 in isolated cultured ventricular myocytes of neonatal rat. Exposure of the cardiomyocyte to a solution in which all Na+ have been replaced by impermeable cations results in a 400-600 nmol/l increase of [Ca2+]in. This increase is followed by a slow decrease to the initial level. A decrease of the(More)
The effects were investigated of allapinine, diterpene alkaloid on ionic currents in voltage-clamped trigeminal neurons and cardiomyocytes isolated from rats. Allapinine application was found to exert an inhibitory effect on inward tetrodotoxin-sensitive sodium currents without changing their voltage dependence. Potential differences between the mechanisms(More)
Mechanisms underlying intracellular calcium signals in Bergmann glial cells evoked by various neurotransmitters were investigated in experiments on cerebellar slices acutely isolated from 30-day-old mice. [Ca2+] in values were measured by means of a Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent probe fura-2. Extracellular application of ATP (10–100 µM), histamine (10–100 µM),(More)
Block of sodium currents by allapinin (diterpene alkaloid with strong antiarrhythmic properties) was investigated in isolated, voltage clamped rat trigeminal neurons and cultured neonatal rat single ventricular myocytes. Allapinin produces a decrease in sodium current amplitude without any changes in voltage dependent properties. Possible differences(More)
Thin cardiac slices (100-200 microns) from newborn (1-14 days old) rat heart ventricles were used for patch clamp recordings. High resistance seals (10-50 GOhms) between patch-clamp pipettes and the membrane of cardiac cells as well as classical patch-clamp configurations can be achieved on this preparation without any enzymatic treatment of tissue.(More)