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Phenytoin, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine are anticonvulsants frequently prescribed in seizure clinics. These drugs all show voltage-dependent inhibition of Na+ currents, which has been implicated as the major mechanism underlying the antiepileptic effect. In this study, I examine the inhibition of Na+ currents by mixtures of different anticonvulsants.(More)
1. Lamotrigine (LTG), a new antiepileptic drug, requires long depolarizations to inhibit Na+ currents. This suggests either slow binding of LTG to the fast inactivated state or selective binding of LTG to the slow inactivated state of Na+ channels. To differentiate between these possibilities and to characterize further the action of LTG, we studied the(More)
Rapidly inactivating K+ current (KA current) is recorded from rat hippocampal neurons by whole-cell patch-clamp technique and suitable voltage protocols. It is found that imipramine, a commonly prescribed tricyclic antidepressant, is an open KA channel blocker with a binding rate constant of 5.6 x 10(6) M-1 s-1 and an apparent dissociation constant of no(More)
Carbamazepine and phenytoin, two of the most commonly prescribed antiepileptic drugs, have been proposed to share a similar mechanism of action by use-dependent inhibition of Na+ channels. The proposed similar mechanism of action, however, cannot explain the common clinical experiences that the two drugs are different; in some patients, one drug may be more(More)
The NMDA receptor opens in response to binding of NMDA and glycine. However, it remains unclear where and how gating of the NMDA receptor pore is accomplished. We show that different point mutations between S645 and I655 (thus including the highly conserved SYTANLAAF motif) of M3c in NR2B lead to constitutively open channels. The current through these(More)
An increase in neuronal burst activities in the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a well-documented electrophysiological feature of Parkinson disease (PD). However, the causal relationship between subthalamic bursts and PD symptoms and the ionic mechanisms underlying the bursts remain to be established. Here, we have shown that T-type Ca(2+) channels are(More)
The antiepileptic effect of felbamate (FBM) is ascribable to gating modification of NMDA receptors. Using site-directed mutagenesis and electrophysiological studies, we found that single-point mutations of four pairs of homologous residues in the external vestibule of the receptor pore, namely V644(NR1)-L643(NR2B) (the two inner pairs) and(More)
We studied the gating kinetics, especially the kinetics of recovery from inactivation, of T-type Ca(2+) channels (T-channels) in thalamic neurons. The recovery course is associated with no discernible Ca(2+) current and is characterized by an initial delay, as well as a subsequent exponential phase. These findings are qualitatively similar to previous(More)
Felbamate (FBM) is a potent nonsedative anticonvulsant whose clinical effect may be related to the inhibition of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) currents, but the exact molecular action remains unclear. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recording in rat hippocampal neurons, we found that submillimolar FBM effectively modifies the gating process of NMDA channels.(More)