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We have used the whole cell patch-clamp technique to characterize changes in membrane conductance induced by osmotic swelling in mature rat Leydig cells dialyzed with ATP (control cells) or adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) plus ATP (cAMP cells). A spontaneous current activation occurs in both groups in isosmotic conditions (300/295 mosM in/out).(More)
The cell-attached configuration of the patch-clamp technique was used to investigate the effects of taurine on the basolateral potassium channels of rabbit proximal convoluted tubule. In the absence of taurine, the previously reported ATP-blockable channel, K(ATP), was observed in 51% of patches. It is characterized by an inwardly rectifying current-voltage(More)
We recently described a cyclic AMP-activated current in the membrane of Leydig cells from mature rat testis by using the whole-cell configuration of the patch-clamp technique (Noulin & Joffre, 1992a). In the present study, further experiments were performed in symmetrical CsCl solutions. We show that this current corresponds to a hyperpolarization-activated(More)
Using the whole-cell recording technique, we have investigated some properties of the membrane currents induced by depolarization of Leydig cells isolated from mature rat testis. Internal perfusions with cyclic AMP or calcium induce currents which reveal the properties of the cyclic AMP-activated and calcium-activated chloride conductances. Both currents(More)
Volume regulatory mechanisms are reviewed for both short- and long-term adaptation of renal cells to anisotonic media. Within minutes after exposure to hypotonic solutions a common feature of many renal cells is the increase in plasma membrane potassium and chloride conductances. Although extrusion of intracellular potassium certainly contributes to a(More)
K channels are ubiquitous in animal cells, where they are involved in a variety of physiological functions. In epithelial cells of the kidney, K channels are primarily involved in maintaining membrane potential, recycling and secreting K and regulating cell volume. As many renal K channels have now been studied or identified at the molecular level by means(More)
The patch-clamp technique was applied to the apical membrane of epithelial midgut cells of a lepidoptera, Manduca sexta L. Access to the apical membrane, the main target site of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins, was achieved by using freshly isolated larval midgut preparations mounted onto holding glass pipettes. The epithelial cells retained their(More)
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