Duncan H Blair

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The electrical phenomena that occur at sympathetic varicosities due to the release of ATP include spontaneous and evoked excitatory junction potentials (SEJPs and EJPs; recorded with an intracellular electrode) as well as fast and slow excitatory junctional currents (EJCs; recorded with a loose-patch electrode placed over varicosities). The electrical(More)
Biochemical abnormalities have been reported in dystrophin-deficient muscle of boys with Duchenne (severe Xp21) muscular dystrophy or in the murine (mdx) model of the disease. These abnormalities include altered energy metabolism and responses to osmotic shock. In contrast, the situation in brain is less well understood and it is probable that dystrophin is(More)
Secretion of noradrenaline from large dense-core vesicles in chromaffin cells involves both rapid and slow components of exocytosis which are differentially sensitive to changes in external calcium, osmotic pressure and interruption of the interacting SNARE proteins. Electrical signs of secretion of ATP from sympathetic nerve terminals of mouse vas(More)
A method is reported for introducing peptides derived from SNARE proteins that control exocytosis of vesicles at boutons formed by sympathetic ganglion cells in tissue culture. These peptides were coupled to the DNA binding domain of the Drosophila transcription factor antennapedia, called penetratin. This facilitated the passage of peptides across the(More)
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