Brenda L. Moss

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Functional large-conductance Ca(2+)- and voltage-activated K(+) (BK) channels can be assembled from four alpha subunits (Slo1) alone, or together with four auxiliary beta1 subunits to greatly increase the apparent Ca(2+) sensitivity of the channel. We examined the structural features involved in this modulation with two types of experiments. In the first,(More)
The N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is involved in a number of physiological and pathophysiological processes in vertebrates, but there have been few studies examining the role of invertebrate NMDA receptors. In the leech, pharmacological evidence suggests that NMDARs contribute to synaptic plasticity, but there has been no molecular identification of(More)
The COOH-terminal S9-S10 tail domain of large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels is a major determinant of Ca(2+) sensitivity (Schreiber, M., A. Wei, A. Yuan, J. Gaut, M. Saito, and L. Salkoff. 1999. Nat. Neurosci. 2:416-421). To investigate whether the tail domain also modulates Ca(2+)-independent properties of BK channels, we explored the(More)
The COOH-terminal S9–S10 tail domain of large conductance Ca 2 -activated K (BK) channels is a major determinant of Ca 2 sensitivity (Schreiber, M., A. Wei, A. Yuan, J. Gaut, M. Saito, and L. Salkoff. 1999. Nat. Neurosci. 2:416–421). To investigate whether the tail domain also modulates Ca 2 -independent properties of BK channels, we explored the functional(More)
The COOH-terminal S9–S10 tail domain of large conductance Ca 2 -activated K (BK) channels is a major determinant of Ca 2 sensitivity (Schreiber, M., A. Wei, A. Yuan, J. Gaut, M. Saito, and L. Salkoff. 1999. Nat. Neurosci. 2:416–421). To investigate whether the tail domain also modulates Ca 2 -independent properties of BK channels, we explored the functional(More)
S cells form a chain of electrically coupled neurons that extends the length of the leech CNS and plays a critical role in sensitization during whole-body shortening. This process requires serotonin, which acts in part by altering the pattern of activity in the S-cell network. Serotonin-containing axons and varicosities were observed in Faivre's nerve where(More)
The Ca2+-dependent gating mechanism of cloned BK channels from Drosophila (dSlo) was studied. Both a natural variant (A1/C2/E1/G3/IO) and a mutant (S942A) were expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and single-channel currents were recorded from excised patches of membrane. Stability plots were used to define stable segments of data. Unlike native BK channels from(More)
a Support for the research and clinical application described here came from the Medical Research Council of Canada, University of Alberta Hospital Research Fund, War Amputations of Canada, Medical Services Research Foundation of Alberta, and related private foundations. b Present address : Laboratory of Neural Control, NINCDS, National Institutes of(More)
The current prison population in England and Wales has multiple, complex healthcare needs, presenting unique challenges to those caring for prisoners. Prison numbers have increased dramatically in the last 10 years. There are now approximately 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales and 120,000 new episodes of imprisonment each year . The authors all(More)