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This paper unifies and outlines some important points made by recent experimental work, dealing with MS ion channels and growth cone motility. The considerable work carried out in cell biology, neurochemistry and membrane biophysics in the past decade allows us to imagine the neurite growth in term of known molecules and chains of simple mechanisms. On the(More)
The goal of this study was to characterize the stretch-activated ion channels (SACs) of adult identified neurons of the leech Hirudo medicinalis and to test the role of SACs in neurite outgrowth of isolated cells. Using cell-attached patch recording, we established that SACs are densely distributed in the growth cone membrane of cultured neurons. In excised(More)
Single leech neurons isolated and maintained in culture sprout and form electrical and chemical synapses, as they do in vivo, retaining most of the electrical properties of the intact membrane. However, some cells, such as Retzius, Anterior Pagoda (AP) cells and motoneurons, exhibit consistent changes of biophysical characteristics, which mimic those(More)
The regeneration pattern of two identified central neurones was studied in the leech Hirudo medicinalis. Anterior pagoda (AP) and mechanosensory touch-sensitive (T) neurones were stained in adult segmental ganglia, maintained in culture for 6-10 days. AP neurones, which normally project only to the contralateral nerve roots, sprouted extensively in all the(More)
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