Jesús Miguel Hernández-Guijo

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Using the cell-attached recording configuration, we found that in adult bovine chromaffin cells there exists a direct membrane-delimited inhibition of single Bay K-modified L-channels mediated by opioids and ATP locally released in the recording pipette. This autocrine modulation is mediated by pertussis toxin (PTX)-sensitive G-proteins and causes a 50 %(More)
1. Incubation of bovine adrenal chromaffin cells with veratridine (10-100 microM) during 24 h, caused a concentration-dependent release of the cytosolic lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) into the bathing medium, an indicator of cell death. Lubeluzole or its R(-) enantiomer, R91154, did not enhance LDH release. Both lubeluzole and R91154 (0.3-10 microM) decreased(More)
Voltage-gated L-type (Cav1.2 and Cav1.3) channels are widely expressed in cardiovascular tissues and represent the critical drug-target for the treatment of several cardiovascular diseases. The two isoforms are also abundantly expressed in neuronal and neuroendocrine tissues. In the brain, Cav1.2 and Cav1.3 channels control synaptic plasticity, somatic(More)
Voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels of chromaffin cells are modulated by locally released neurotransmitters through autoreceptor-activated G-proteins. Clear evidence exists in favor of a Ca(2+) channel gating inhibition mediated by purinergic, opioidergic, and alpha-adrenergic autoreceptors. Few and contradictory data suggest also a role of beta-adrenergic(More)
The role of postsynaptic nicotinic receptors for acetylcholine (nAChRs) in mediating fast neurotransmission processes in the CNS is controversial. Here we have studied the modulation of synaptic transmission by an agonist (choline) and an allosteric modulator (5-OH-indole) of alpha7 nAChRs in rat hippocampal neuronal cultures. Choline evoked a fast(More)
The mechanism of the neuroprotective action of the tetracycline antibiotic minocycline against various neuron insults is controversial. In an attempt to clarify this mechanism, we have studied here its effects on various electrophysiological parameters, Ca(2+) signalling, and glutamate release, in primary cultures of rat hippocampal neurons, and in(More)
The inhibition of L-type channels induced by either bath application of ATP, opioids and catecholamines or by endogenously released neurotransmitters was investigated in rat chromaffin cells with whole-cell recordings (5 mM Ba2+). In both cases, the L-type current, isolated pharmacologically using omega-toxin peptides and potentiated by Bay K 8644, was(More)
Modulation of high-threshold voltage-dependent calcium channels by neurotransmitters has been the subject of numerous studies in cultures of neurons and chromaffin cells. However, no studies on such modulation exist in chromaffin cells in their natural environment, the intact adrenal medullary tissue. Here we performed such a study in voltage-clamped(More)
Astrocytes express voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) that are upregulated in the context of the reactive astrogliosis occurring in several CNS pathologies. Moreover, the ability of selective calcium channel blockers to inhibit reactive astrogliosis has been revealed in a variety of experimental models. However, the functions and regulation of VGCC in(More)
 This study was carried out to characterize the set of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel subtypes expressed by mouse adrenal chromaffin cells superfused with solutions containing low (2 mM) or high (10 mM) Ba2+ concentrations. Using 50-ms test pulses at 0 mV from a holding potential of –80 mV, averaged peak current in 10 mM Ba2+ was around 1 nA, and in 2 mM(More)