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1. Intracellular recording of the transmembrane potential in mouse pancreatic cells revealed a membrane potential of -20.1 +/- 0.8 mV for islet cells and -41.2 +/- 1.4 mV for acinar cells.2. The membrane potential of islet cells was glucose dependent and in the absence of glucose the cells hyperpolarized to -32.7 mV; with glucose 27.7 mM they depolarized to(More)
The cDNA for the green fluorescent protein (GFP) of Aequorea victoria has been expressed in transformed cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the recombinant GFP isolated. Protonation and deprotonation of the cloned and purified GFP produced major effects on its spectral absorption characteristics with an increase in pH enhancing the fluorescence emission(More)
1. The electrical properties of mouse pancreatic islet cells have been explored in vitro using a single intracellular micro-electrode for both voltage recording and current injection. 2. The frequency of spontaneous electrical activity induced in islet cells by concentrations of D-glucose greater than 2-8 mM was enhanced by depolarizing, and reduced by(More)
1. The effects of monosaccharides, glycolytic intermediates, metabolic inhibitors and anxia, have been studied on the membrane electrical activity of mouse pancreatic islet cells in vitro using a single intracellular micro-electrode for both voltage recording and current injection. 2. In addition to D-glucose (28mM), D-mannose (16-6mM), and L-leucin (10mM),(More)
The halogenated fluorescein derivative, rose bengal, upon photon activation, elicits amylase secretion from isolated, perifused pancreatic acini. This effect is due to production of highly reactive singlet delta oxygen which can permeabilize the cell membrane and may also react chemically with secretagogue receptors, or other functional components of the(More)
The photodynamic action of SALPC has been investigated on dispersed, perifused, acini isolated from the rat pancreas. Stimulation of secretion was assessed by measuring amylase release and membrane permeabilization determined by the leakage of cytoplasmic lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and by the efflux of 86Rb from preloaded acini. Light alone (greater than(More)