Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, in 22 degrees C tissue culture containing nerve growth factor, taken from normal and trisomy 21 human fetal tissues, were subjected to current and voltage clamp measurements using a tight-seal whole-cell recording technique. Measurements were made between 1 and 2 weeks in culture, when the electrical properties of both… (More)
The R-ras gene encodes a small GTPase that is a member of the Ras family. Despite close sequence similarities, R-Ras is functionally distinct from the prototypic Ras proteins; no transformative activity and no activating mutations of R-Ras in human malignancies have been reported for it. R-Ras activity appears inhibitory towards tumour proliferation and… (More)
The effect of ethanol on the electrical membrane properties of cultured human fetal sensory neurons was studied with the whole cell tight seal technique. Alcohol diminished in high concentrations (greater than 200 mM) Na- and K-conductance.