Douglas F. Wilson

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The presynaptic effects of 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) and 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) were investigated at the rat diaphragm neuromuscular junction using intracellular recording techniques. 4-AP caused only minor increases in miniature end-plate potential frequency at junctions depolarized with elevated potassium levels. Calcium ions antagonize this(More)
The characteristics of depression, facilitation, and mobilization of transmitter were examined at the rat diaphragm neuromuscular junction. Intracellular recording techniques were used to monitor end-plate potentials (EPPs), miniature end-plate potentials (MEPPs) and the muscle resting potentials. The cut-muscle technique was used to prevent muscle action(More)
The effects of low concentrations (nanomolar) of d-tubocurarine (TC) on end-plate potential (EPP) and miniature end-plate potential (MEPP) amplitude, and quantal transmitter release were examined at the rat neuromuscular junction in an attempt to identify the functional role of nicotinic receptors on the nerve terminal. TC (50 and 75 nM) significantly(More)
The physiological changes in neuromuscular transmission associated with age were examined in rats between the ages of 1 mo (28 days) and 1 yr (364 days). Intracellular recording techniques were used to monitor end-plate potentials and miniature end-plate potentials at the rat diaphragm neuromuscular junction. Muscle action potentials were blocked by cutting(More)
The presence and physiological significance of acetylcholine (ACh) receptors on motor nerve terminals was examined at the rat diaphragm neuromuscular junction. Intracellular recording techniques were used to monitor end-plate potentials (EPP), miniature end-plate potentials (MEPP), and resting potentials of the muscle fibers. Muscle action potentials were(More)
The drug, alpha-bungarotoxin (BTX) is believed to be a 'pure' nicotinic antagonist. Hence, use of this drug should avoid the secondary actions associated with other nicotinic antagonists. The hypothesis that the motor nerve terminal responds to the presence of acetylcholine (ACh) by releasing less transmitter was tested by examining the effects of BTX on(More)
It has been suggested that calcium that is stored in nerve terminals can be released via activation of ryanodine receptors and this source of calcium could serve to modulate evoked transmitter release. Calcium influx via voltage dependent calcium channels could lead to calcium induced calcium release via ryanodine receptors in neuronal tissue. This(More)
Hexamethonium (HEX) was applied to isolated transected diaphragm-phrenic nerve preparations of the rat in order to further elucidate the functional role of the presynaptic nicotinic autoreceptors. End-plate potentials (EPPs) and miniature end-plate potentials (MEPPs) were recorded from the neuromuscular junctions in the presence and absence of HEX to(More)
The effects of two nicotinic antagonists, d-tubocurarine (TC) and hexamethonium (HEX) were tested on the rat diaphragm neuromuscular junction during train-of-six stimuli to determine if a second action of these antagonists on evoked release could be demonstrated, in addition to its known impact of blocking the autoreceptor pathway. To minimize the(More)