Clemens Gillen

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Patch-clamp recordings from small-diameter rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons maintained in culture demonstrated preferential inhibition by ATP of high-voltage-activated, but not low-voltage-activated, Ca2+ currents (I(Ca)). The rank order of agonist potency was UTP > ADP > ATP. ATP depressed the omega-conotoxin GVIA-sensitive N-type current only.(More)
The design of antisense oligonucleotides containing locked nucleic acids (LNA) was optimized and compared to intensively studied DNA oligonucleotides, phosphorothioates and 2'-O-methyl gapmers. In contradiction to the literature, a stretch of seven or eight DNA monomers in the center of a chimeric DNA/LNA oligonucleotide is necessary for full activation of(More)
ClC chloride channels are important in diverse physiological functions such as transepithelial transport, cell volume regulation, excitability, and acidification of intracellular organelles. We have investigated the expression of CLC-7 in oocytes from Xenopus laevis with the two electrode voltage clamp technique and Western blot analysis. Using a specific(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) has proven to be a powerful technique to study the function of genes by producing knock-down phenotypes. Here, we report that intrathecal injection of an siRNA against the transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) reduced cold allodynia of mononeuropathic rats by more than 50% over a time period of approximately 5(More)
The present study was conducted to characterise the centrally active analgesic drug tramadol hydrochloride [(1RS,2RS)-2-[(dimethyl-amino)-methyl]-1-(3-methoxyphenyl)-cyclohexanol hydrochloride] and its metabolites M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 at the cloned human µ-opioid receptor. Membranes from stably transfected Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were used to(More)
The vanilloid receptor TRPV1 plays a well-established functional role in the detection of a range of chemical and thermal noxious stimuli, such as those associated with tissue inflammation and the resulting pain. TRPV1 activation results in membrane depolarization, but may also trigger intracellular Ca2+ -signalling events. In a proteomic screen for(More)
The nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) receptor (e.g. the human ortholog ORL1) has been shown to be pharmacologically distinct from classic opioid receptors. Recently, we have identified buprenorphine as a full ORL1 agonist using a reporter gene assay. For further functional analysis, buprenorphine's effects on ORL1 receptors were investigated using a K(+)(More)
The vanilloid receptor VR1 is an ion channel predominantly expressed by primary sensory neurons involved in nociception. Here we describe its biochemical properties and assess the subcellular localization, the glycosylation state and the quaternary structure of VR1 expressed in HEK293 cells and in the DRG-derived cell line F-11 (N18TG2 mouse neuroblastoma x(More)
Membrane currents and changes in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) were measured in HEK293 cells transfected with the human P2X3 receptor (HEK293-hP2X3). RT-PCR and immunocytochemistry indicated the additional presence of endogenous P2Y1 and to some extent P2Y4 receptors. P2 receptor agonists induced inward currents in HEK293-hP2X3 cells with(More)