José María Farías

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The effects of long-term depolarization on the level of α1s and on L-type Ca2+ currents of skeletal muscle were investigated. Long-term depolarization (14 h) caused a 50% decrease of α1s, revealed with the Western blot technique. This decline was prevented by preincubation with the Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine. Electrophysiological experiments using the(More)
It has been suggested that voltage-dependent G protein modulation of Ca(V)2.2 channels is carried out at closed states of the channel. Our purpose was to estimate the number of gating charges of Ca(V)2.2 channel in control and G protein-modulated conditions. By using a Cole-Moore protocol we observed a significant delay in Ca(V)2.2 channel activation(More)
Oviposition and predation levels by Speciomerus revoili bruchid beetles were quantified on fruits and seeds of the macaúba palm, Acrocomia aculeata, collected from below mother-trees within the Sarah Kubitschek Park of Brasília, DF, Brazil. A maximum of 12 eggs per fruit were found, with high variations observed between samples. No clear pattern was found(More)
The effects of a long-term blockade of L-type Ca2+ channels on membrane currents and on the number of dihydropyridine binding sites were investigated in skeletal muscle fibers. Ca2+ currents (I Ca) and intramembrane charge movement were monitored using a voltage-clamp technique. The peak amplitude of I Ca increased by more than 40% in fibers that were(More)
This study is an investigation into the modulatory effects of heparin, a component of the extracellular matrix that binds to dihydropyridine receptors, on contraction and Ca2+ channels in frog skeletal muscle. Using tension and Ca2+ signal measurements in single intact skeletal muscle cells we have found that heparin (100–200 μg ml-1) substantially(More)
Maitotoxin (MTX) is the most potent marine toxin known to date. It is responsible for a particular human intoxication syndrome called ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). Several reports indicate that MTX is an activator of non-selective cation channels (NSCC) in different cell types. The molecular identity of these channels is still an unresolved topic, and it(More)
The effect of Maitotoxin (MTX) on the calcium-activated chloride current (ICl-Ca) from Xenopus oocytes was studied, applying the two-electrode voltage clamp technique. MTX increased the current amplitude at all the voltages explored and reduced the time to reach the maximum current level (time to peak). At low toxin concentrations (15 pM), both effects were(More)
Xenopus laevis oocytes codify a G-protein-activated inward rectifier potassium channel (GIRK5 or Kir3.5). Coinjection of other GIRKs, the muscarinic m2 receptor, or Gbetagamma protein cRNAs is required to observe functional GIRKx-GIRK5 heteromultimers in oocytes. Studies with GIRK2 isoforms have shown that the size of the amino or carboxyl terminus plays a(More)
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