Linda M. Boland

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Voltage-gated sodium channels (NaCh) are colocalized with isoforms of the membrane-skeletal protein ankyrinG at axon initial segments, nodes of Ranvier, and postsynaptic folds of the mammalian neuromuscular junction. The role of ankyrinG in directing NaCh localization to axon initial segments was evaluated by region-specific knockout of ankyrinG in the(More)
Inhibition of Ca channel current by luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) was studied in freshly dissociated bullfrog sympathetic ganglion neurons using whole-cell recording. LHRH inhibited up to 80% of the high-threshold Ca channel current with a half-maximally effective concentration of about 20 nM. LHRH inhibited omega-conotoxin-sensitive but not(More)
Inhibition of voltage-dependent calcium channels by omega-conotoxin MVIIC (omega-CTx-MVIIC) was studied in various types of rat neurons. When studied with 5 mM Ba2+ as charge carrier, omega-CTx-MVIIC block of N-type calcium channels in sympathetic neurons was potent, with half-block at 18 nM. Block of N-type channels had a rapid onset (tau approximately 1(More)
Electrophysiological study of transiently transfected cells requires the identification of individual cells that express the protein of interest. We describe a simple, quick and inexpensive method for visually identifying cells that have been co-transfected with an expression plasmid for a lymphocyte surface antigen (CD8-alpha). Transfected cells are(More)
Block of N-type Ca channels by omega-conotoxin GVIA (CgTx) was studied in freshly dissociated bullfrog and rat sympathetic neurons. With 2-5 mM Ba as charge carrier, CgTx blocked almost all of the high-threshold Ca channel current recorded in the presence of nimodipine (3 microM) to block L-type Ca channels. Toxin block reversed slowly (time constant(More)
A number of peptide toxins from venoms of spiders and cone snails are high affinity ligands for voltage-gated calcium channels and are useful tools for studying calcium channel function and structure. Using whole-cell recordings from rat sympathetic ganglion and cerebellar Purkinje neurons, we studied toxins that target neuronal N-type (Ca(V)2.2) and P-type(More)
Arachidonic acid (AA) was found to inhibit the function of whole-cell voltage-gated (VG) calcium currents nearly 16 years ago. There are now numerous examples demonstrating that AA and other polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) modulate the function of VG ion channels, primarily in neurons and muscle cells. We will review and extract some common features(More)
The selectivity of block of voltage-activated barium (Ba2+) currents by lanthanide ions was studied in a rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cell line (F11-B9), rat and frog peripheral neurons, and rat cardiac myocytes using the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Gadolinium (Gd3+) produced a dose-dependent and complete inhibition of whole-cell Ba2+ current in all(More)
1. We studied the gating kinetics of Kv4.2 channels, the molecular substrate of neuronal somatodendritic A-type currents. For this purpose wild-type and mutant channels were transiently expressed in the human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cell line and currents were measured in the whole-cell patch-clamp configuration. 2. Kv4.2 channels inactivated from(More)
We studied the properties of the N18-RE-105 neuronal cell line to determine if its glutamate binding site represents a neurotransmitter receptor. In immunocytochemical experiments, these cells stained strongly for neurofilament, but not for glial fibrillary acidic protein. In whole-cell patch clamp experiments, cells exhibited voltage-dependent Na+, Ca2+,(More)