Basilio Aristidis Kotsias

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The effects of pH on the permeability and conductance of the membranes to nitrate and to chloride of semitendinosus and lumbricalis muscle fibers were examined. Membrane potential responses to quick solution changes were recorded in semitendinosus fibers initially equilibrated in isotonic, high K2SO4 solutions. External solutions were first changed to ones(More)
Cell migration/proliferation processes associated with wound healing were measured in BeWo cells at 6 h, when mitosis is still scarce. Cells were cultured in medium with 1% fetal bovine serum to minimize proliferation. BeWo cell migration covered 20.6 ± 7.0%, 38.0 ± 5.4%, 16.6 ± 4.8% and 13.7 ± 3.6% of the wound when cultivated under control, aldosterone(More)
The aim of this work was to study the electrical and mechanical properties of small bundles of rat diaphragm muscle treated with two blockers of the delayed potassium rectification channels: 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP, 2.5 mM) and tetraethylammonium (TEA, 20 mM). Twitch tension was significantly potentiated by TEA and 3,4-DAP (39% and 59% respectively).(More)
In this study, an outwardly rectifying anion channel was characterized in the cell line K562 obtained from a chronic human leukaemia. Ion channel activity was recorded in the cell-detached (inside-out) configuration with standard patch-clamp technology. In most of the K562 cells studied, the channel exhibited low spontaneous activity, an outwardly(More)
The present study was performed to assay sodium currents in BeWo cells. These cells comprise a human trophoblast cell line which displays many of the biochemical and morphological properties similar to those reported for the in uterus proliferative cytotrophoblast. For whole-cell patch-clamp experiments, BeWo cells treated for 12 h with 100 nM aldosterone(More)
Resting Na(+) influx (J(i)(Na)) was measured in innervated and denervated (1-6 days) rat extensor digitorum longus muscle in the absence and presence of 2 micromol/L tetrodotoxin (TTX). The mean value of Na(+) permeability (P(Na)) in innervated muscles was 49.6 +/- 2.6 pm.s(-1). At the second day postdenervation, it decreased by about 45%. This was(More)
Mechanical activity (twitch and tetanus) and electrical activity (single and repetitive action potentials) were recorded in vitro (34 degrees C) in control and denervated (3 to 14 days) soleus and extensor digitorum longus muscles of the rat. After denervation tetanic tension (100 to 200 Hz, 500 ms duration) was decreased in both types of muscles.(More)
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is a chloride (Cl−) channel known to influence the function of other channels, including connexin channels. To further study potential functional interactions between CFTR and gap junction channels, we have co-expressed CFTR and connexin45 (Cx45) in Xenopus oocytes and monitored junctional(More)
We studied the antagonism between aminophylline and two calcium channel blockers, nifedipine and verapamil, and its effect on the resting membrane potential of rat diaphragm fibers in vitro at 25 degrees C. Aminophylline hyperpolarizes the fibers in a dose-dependent manner, and the maximum effect is reached with 1 mM of the drug, approximately 9 mV compared(More)
The human ether-a-go-go related gene (HERG1) K+ channel is expressed in neoplastic cells, in which it was proposed to play a role in proliferation, differentiation and/or apoptosis. K562 cells (a chronic myeloid leukemic human cell line) express both the full-length (herg1a) and the N-terminally truncated (herg1b) isoforms of the gene, and this was(More)