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The effects of polypeptide neurotoxin from Anemonia sulcata on nerve conduction in crayfish giant axons and on frog myelinated fibers have been analyzed. The main features of toxin action are the following: (i) the toxin acts at very low doses and its action is apparently irreversible. (ii) The toxin selectively affects the closing (inactivation) of the Na+(More)
Two of the tree toxic compounds used in this work, veratridine and the sea anemone toxin, provoke neurotransmitter release from synaptosomes; the third one, tetrodotoxin, prevents the action of both veratridine and the sea anemone toxin. The half-maximum effects of veratridine and sea anemone toxin actions on synaptosomes are K0.5 = 10 and 0.02 micronM,(More)
Bile acids were shown previously to inhibit proliferation and to induce monocytic differentiation in HL60 human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (A. Zimber et al., Int. J. Cancer, 59: 71-77, 1994). In this report, we hypothesized that bile acids may exert a positive cooperativity with two known inducers of leukemic cell differentiation, all-trans retinoic(More)
Electrophysiological analysis of the effects of scorpion toxin I, one of the neurotoxins from the venom of the scorpion Androctonus australis Hector, upon crayfish neuromuscular junctions has shown that the toxin strongly associates with the nerve terminal to stimulate release of neurotransmitters. The biochemical approach has shown that the binding of(More)
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