Jamila F Hussain

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The demarcation membrane system (DMS) is the precursor of platelet cell membranes yet little is known of its properties in living megakaryocytes. Using confocal microscopy, we now demonstrate that demarcation membranes in freshly isolated rat marrow megakaryocytes are rapidly stained by styryl membrane indicators such as di-8-ANEPPS and FM 2-10, confirming(More)
1. The effect of membrane potential (Vm) on ADP-evoked [Ca2+]i oscillations was investigated in rat megakaryocytes, a non-excitable cell type recently shown to exhibit depolarisation-evoked Ca2+ release from intracellular stores during metabotropic purinoceptor stimulation. 2. Hyperpolarising voltage steps caused a transient fall in [Ca2+]i and either(More)
1. We have used the imidazoline derivative [3H]-idazoxan to define alpha 2-adrenoceptors and non-adrenoceptor, imidazoline binding sites in cerebral cortex membranes of calf, mouse, rat, guinea-pig and man. 2. Competition experiments using the selective alpha-adrenoceptor drugs, rauwolscine and corynanthine, indicated that [3H]-idazoxan bound to a single(More)
1. In the present study we have evaluated whether alpha 2-adrenoceptor binding sites on bovine cerebral cortex membranes labelled by [3H]-clonidine, [3H]-idazoxan and [3H]-RX-821002 can distinguish between known agonists and antagonists. This model has then been used to compare the binding profiles of the putative non-catecholamine, clonidine-displacing(More)
1. The effect of membrane potential on [Ca2+]i in rat megakaryocytes was studied using simultaneous whole-cell patch clamp and fura-2 fluorescence recordings. 2. Depolarization from -75 to 0 mV had no effect on [Ca2+]i in unstimulated cells, but evoked one or more spikes of Ca2+ increase (peak increase: 714 +/- 95 nM) during activation of metabotropic(More)
1. We have developed conditions that permit long duration recordings of [Ca2+]i in single, isolated human platelets and studied the reversibility of Ca2+i spiking following activation by physiological and artificial stimuli. 2. Fura-2-loaded platelets were immobilized at the tip of a saline-filled glass pipette using gentle suction. 'Contact' activation of(More)
1. A combination of conventional whole-cell patch clamp recordings and fura-2 fluorescence photometry was used to study the membrane currents during oscillations of intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in single rat megakaryocytes. 2. At a holding potential of -60 mV, in NaCl external saline and KCl internal saline with low levels of Ca2+ buffering,(More)
In the present study we have prepared crude, methanolic extracts of bovine lung and bovine brain and, using radioligand binding assays in conjunction with a number of simple chromatographic techniques, provided evidence for the presence of a non-catecholamine ‘clonidine-displacing substance’ (CDS). The level of CDS in lung extracts (9 units/g wet weight n =(More)
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