Judit Doczi

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Rat neocortical slices express spontaneous epileptiform activity after incubation with GABA(A) receptor blocker bicuculline (BIC, 20 microM), with potassium channel blocker 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, 50 microM) or in Mg(2+)-free medium (LMG). Various parameters of spontaneous and evoked epileptiform discharges and their pharmacological sensitivity were analysed(More)
In the present experiments we have tested the effect of the noncompetitive AMPA antagonist GYKI 52466 (20-80 microM) on spontaneous epileptic discharges developed as the consequence of 4-aminopyridine application in neocortex slices of adult rats. Parallel to the changes of spontaneous activity, the field potentials, evoked by electrical stimulation of the(More)
Mitochondrial swelling is a hallmark of mitochondrial dysfunction, and is an indicator of the opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore. We introduce here a novel quantitative in situ single-cell assay of mitochondrial swelling based on standard wide-field or confocal fluorescence microscopy. This morphometric technique quantifies the(More)
Exposure of neurones in culture to excitotoxic levels of glutamate results in an initial transient spike in [Ca2+]i followed by a delayed, irreversible [Ca2+]i rise governed by rapid kinetics, with Ca2+ originating from the extracellular medium. The molecular mechanism responsible for the secondary Ca2+ rise is unknown. Here, we report that the delayed Ca2+(More)
Changes of neuronal membrane characteristics in somatosensory barrel cortex and barreloid thalamus were investigated in rats following unilateral transection of the infraorbital nerve. Kainate induced Co2+-uptake method and image analysis were used to assess the Ca2+ permeability of non-NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) glutamate receptors. Changes in some(More)
Cyclophilin D (cypD)-deficient mice exhibit resistance to focal cerebral ischemia and to necrotic but not apoptotic stimuli. To address this disparity, we investigated isolated brain and in situ neuronal and astrocytic mitochondria from cypD-deficient and wild-type mice. Isolated mitochondria were challenged by high Ca(2+), and the effects of substrates and(More)
The effect of methylmercury chloride on the excitability of developing cortical neurons was tested. Methylmercury was administered in the drinking water to pregnant rats during gestation and suckling period and the offspring were investigated. The electrical characteristics of the neuronal membranes as well as the synaptic responses evoked by electrical(More)
Spontaneous activity of cortical neurons was studied under urethane anesthesia in adult rats 3 months after convulsive status epilepticus induced by lithium-pilocarpine administration at the age of 12 (SE12 group) or 25 (SE25 group) days. Whereas random firing neurons dominated in control animals (61 out of 98 cells), SE25 animals exhibited a significant(More)
Cyclophilin D (cypD)-deficient mice exhibit resistance to focal cerebral ischemia and to necrotic but not apoptotic stimuli. To address this disparity, we investigated isolated brain and in situ neuronal and astrocytic mitochondria from cypD-deficient and wild-type mice. Isolated mitochondria were challenged by high Ca 2؉ , and the effects of substrates and(More)
The probability of mitochondrial permeability transition (mPT) pore opening is inversely related to the magnitude of the proton electrochemical gradient. The module conferring sensitivity of the pore to this gradient has not been identified. We investigated mPT's voltage-sensing properties elicited by calcimycin or H2O2 in human fibroblasts exhibiting(More)