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Current methods to promote growth of cultured neurons use two-dimensional (2D) glass or polystyrene surfaces coated with a charged molecule (e.g. poly-L-lysine (PLL)) or an isolated extracellular matrix (ECM) protein (e.g. laminin-1). However, these 2D surfaces represent a poor topological approximation of the three-dimensional (3D) architecture of the(More)
The acute effects of low concentrations of ethanol on intracellular free magnesium ions ([Mg2+]i) in cultured type-2 astrocytes were studied by digital imaging microscopy using the Mg2+ fluorescent probe, mag-fura-2. In 0-mM ethanol, the basal level of [Mg+]i was 124.7+/-2.56 microM with a heterogeneous distribution within the cells. Treatment of the cells(More)
Addiction is an important health problem which is characterized by a chronic relapsing disease with implications in social and economic life. Addiction research begins with the neurotransmitters and their mechanisms by which drugs acts and shows their effects. In this review we have presented an overview to summarize the role of neurotransmitters in(More)
This study was designed to examine the roles of intracellular free magnesium ion concentration ([Mg(2+)](i)) in ethanol-induced intoxication and development of tolerance in cultured canine cerebral vascular smooth muscle cells and astrocytes as well as intact rat brain. The basal, resting level of [Mg(2+)](i) in cerebrovascular cells was 732.5 +/- 82.4(More)
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