Claudia Haimann

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Whole-cell voltage clamp and single-channel recordings were performed on cultured trigeminal ganglion neurons from quail embryos in order to study a sodium-activated potassium current (KNa). When KNa was activated by a step depolarization in voltage clamp, there was a proportionality between KNa and INa at all voltages between the threshold of INa and ENa.(More)
Frog neuromuscular junctions were stimulated by different methods to secrete quanta of ACh, and the attendant changes in the ultrastructure of the nerve terminal were assessed by morphometric analysis of electron micrographs. Secretion was stimulated by electrical stimulation at 2 Hz or by application of the secretagogues, lanthanum, ouabain or black widow(More)
The possible role of protein kinase C in the regulation of quantal transmitter release was studied at the frog neuromuscular junction by using the phorbol ester 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate (TPA), a compound known to mimic the effects of the physiological activator of the enzyme, endogenous diacylglycerol. The main effect of the phorbol ester was(More)
The regulatory peptide called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) was detected by immunofluorescence in frog motor neurons and motor nerve terminals. In motor nerve terminals, CGRP-like immunoreactivity was found to be segregated within large dense-core vesicles. To determine whether exocytosis from acetylcholine-containing small synaptic vesicles and(More)
Single-channel currents from Na+-dependent K+ channels (KNa) were recorded from cell-attached and inside-out membrane patches of cultured avian trigeminal ganglion neurons by means of the patchclamp technique. Single-channel properties, such as the high elementary conductance and the occurrence of subconductance levels, were unchanged after the patches had(More)
1. Electrophysiology and morphology have been combined to investigate the time course of the exocytosis of quanta of neurotransmitter induced by elevated concentrations of K+ at the frog neuromuscular junction. 2. Replicas of freeze-fractured resting nerve terminals fixed in the presence of 20 mM-K+ showed images of fusion of synaptic vesicles with the(More)
The action of alpha-latrotoxin (alpha-LTx), the major toxic component from black widow spider venom, was studied on mammalian motor nerve endings and fibers. Electrophysiologic recordings of presynaptic and postsynaptic responses at early stages after the application of different doses of alpha-LTx showed massive transient increases in transmitter release(More)