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The effect of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) on free intracellular Ca2+ concentrations [( Ca2+]i) and the interaction of ethanol on the NMDA-mediated response was examined in freshly dissociated brain cells isolated from newborn rats. NMDA (25 microM) increased [Ca2+]i by approximately 70 nM, measured by fura-2 fluorometry, and this increase could be prevented(More)
Ethanol alters voltage-dependent calcium channels and receptor-operated channels which transport calcium [e.g., the ion channels associated with N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors]. However, the question which still remain unanswered is whether these modifications have any physiological significance. This review will focus on the effects of ethanol on(More)
Several lines of experimental evidence support an association between altered Ca2+ regulation and aging. It has been supposed that free cytosolic Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) may decrease or increase in aged animals. In this study, both resting and KCl-stimulated [Ca2+]i were measured in purified cortical synaptosomes from young (3 mo.), middle-aged (12(More)
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