François Mirallès

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1. The role of ATP, which is co-released with acetylcholine in synaptic contacts of Torpedo electric organ, was investigated by use of suramin. Suramin [8-(3-benzamido-4-methylbenzamido)naphthalene-1,3,5-trisulphoni c acid], a P2 purinoceptor antagonist, potently inhibited in a non-competitive manner the ecto-apyrase activity associated with plasma membrane(More)
We have developed a new quantitative analysis of spiral drawing that is able to evaluate any spiral execution and it has not temporal or spatial limitations in the obtaining of specimens. Thirty-one patients with action tremor and 24 control subjects were asked to draw an Archimedes spiral over a print template. Specimens were scanned and then treated(More)
Tetanus toxin decreased the frequency of spontaneous events at the electric organ of Torpedo marmorata. This reduction was up to 70% in poisoned electric organ. According to distribution analysis of miniature end plate currents, only a subpopulation of events which have small amplitudes were recorded after poisoning. Furthermore, isolated cholinergic nerve(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish clinical guidelines for the clinical use and interpretation of motor evoked potentials (MEP) in diagnosing and monitoring patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Recommendations for MEP use and interpretation will help us rationalise and optimise resources used in MS patient diagnosis and follow up. METHOD We completed an extensive(More)
1. Changes in the electrical properties of frog motor nerve endings caused by the invasion of an action potential were studied by the perineural recording technique. Two equal supramaximal stimuli separated by a variable time interval were applied to the nerve trunk. The latency and amplitude of the deflections associated with the nodal Na+ current and(More)
Three patients are described who had dysphagia as the sole manifestation of myasthenia gravis. Severity ranged from the need to be fed by nasogastric tube to moderate dysphagia requiring only diet change. Oesophageal manometry was carried out in two patients and showed generalised weakness of peristaltic contractions which included the smooth muscle part of(More)
Neuromuscular jitter is a sensitive measure of the safety factor of neuromuscular transmission. Nevertheless, the actual relationship between jitter and the safety factor is unknown because these parameters have not been simultaneously measured. In order to explore the theoretical relationship between them, a computer model of mammalian neuromuscular(More)