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By using electrophysiological and microfluorimetric methods, we found that leech Retzius neurons swell after inhibition of the Na(+)-K(+) pump by the cardiac glycoside ouabain. To explore the mechanism of this swelling, we measured the effect of ouabain on [Na(+)](i), [K(+)](i), and [Cl(-)](i), as well as on the membrane potential, by applying(More)
In leech P neurons the inhibition of the Na(+)-K(+) pump by ouabain or omission of bath K(+) leaves the membrane potential unaffected for a prolonged period or even induces a marked membrane hyperpolarization, although the concentration gradients for K(+) and Na(+) are attenuated substantially. As shown previously, this stabilization of the membrane(More)
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