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Electrical activity in non-neuronal cells can be induced by altering the membrane potential and eliciting action potentials. For example, hormones, nutrients and neurotransmitters act on excitable endocrine cells. In an attempt to correlate such electrical activity with regulation of cell activation, we report here direct measurements of cytosolic free Ca2+(More)
The cytosolic free calcium concentration, [Ca2+]i, was monitored in single rat lactotrophs in primary culture with the fluorescent probe Fura 2. It was found that lactotrophs are very heterogeneous in their [Ca2+]i response to TRH and dopamine, the major physiological regulators of PRL secretion. While in most lactotrophs TRH raises [Ca2+]i, the kinetics of(More)
Hyperactivity of nociceptive C-fibers has been recently described in diabetic BB/Wistar rats. This study assesses the association of hyperalgesia, using an analgesy-meter, with elevated glycosylated haemoglobin levels in three animal models of diabetic and nutritional neuropathies: Psammomys obesus (sand rat), streptozotocin-treated and galactose-fed rats.(More)
Changes in the cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration, [Ca2+]i, have been proposed to mediate the regulation of the secretion of pituitary hormones by hypothalamic peptides. Using an intracellularly trapped fluorescent Ca2+ probe, quin2, [Ca2+]i was monitored in GH3 cells. Somatostatin lowers [Ca2+]i in a dose dependent manner from a prestimulatory level of 120(More)
Receptor-mediated alterations in the cytosolic free calcium concentration, [Ca2+]i are monitored with the intracellular fluorescent calcium probe fura 2 by dual excitation microfluorimetry. The calcium dependence on the excitation spectrum of fura 2 allows us to choose two wavelengths, lambda 1 and lambda 2, at which an increase in [Ca2+]i causes either a(More)