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After transection of their axons within the sciatic nerve, DRG neurons become hyperexcitable. Recent studies have demonstrated the emergence of a rapidly repriming tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive sodium current that may account for this hyperexcitability in axotomized small (<27 microm diam) DRG neurons, but its molecular basis has remained unexplained. It has(More)
Antisera directed against unique peptide regions from each of the human brain voltage-gated sodium channel alpha subunits were generated. In immunoblots these were found to be highly specific for the corresponding recombinant polypeptides and to recognise the native holoprotein in human brain membrane preparations. These antisera were used to perform a(More)
The distribution of mRNAs encoding voltage-gated sodium channel alpha subunits (I, II, III, and VI) and beta subunits (beta1 and beta2) was studied in selected regions of the human brain by Northern blot and in situ hybridisation experiments. Northern blot analysis showed that all regions studied exhibited heterogenous expression of sodium channel(More)
Voltage-gated sodium channels consist of a pore-forming alpha subunit and two auxiliary beta subunits. Excitable cells express multiple alpha subtypes, designated Na(v)1.1-Na(v)1.9, and three beta subunits, designated beta1, beta2 and beta3. Understanding how the different alpha subtypes, in combination with the various beta subunits, determine sodium(More)
The voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.8 (SNS, PN3) is thought to be a molecular correlate of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) tetrodotoxin resistant (TTX-R) Na+ current. TTX-R/NaV1.8 is an attractive therapeutic drug target for inflammatory and neuropathic pain on the basis of its specific distribution in sensory neurones and its modulation by inflammatory(More)
Retigabine is a novel anticonvulsant with an unknown mechanism of action. It has recently been reported that retigabine modulates a potassium channel current in nerve growth factor-differentiated PC12 cells (), however, to date the molecular correlate of this current has not been identified. In the present study we have examined the effects of retigabine on(More)
Sea anemones are an important source of various biologically active peptides, and it is known that ATX-II from Anemonia sulcata slows sodium current inactivation. Using six different sodium channel genes (from Nav1.1 to Nav1.6), we investigated the differential selectivity of the toxins AFT-II (purified from Anthopleura fuscoviridis) and Bc-III (purified(More)
We have cloned and expressed the full-length human Na(V)1.6 sodium channel cDNA. Northern analysis showed that the hNa(V)1.6 gene, like its rodent orthologues, is abundantly expressed in adult brain but not other tissues including heart and skeletal muscle. Within the adult brain, hNa(V)1.6 mRNA is widely expressed with particularly high levels in the(More)
Voltage-gated sodium channels are blocked by local anesthetic and anticonvulsant drugs. A receptor site for local anesthetics has been defined in transmembrane segment S6 in domain IV (IVS6) of the alpha subunit, but the anticonvulsant lamotrigine and related compounds have more complex structures than local anesthetics and may interact with additional(More)