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A cDNA encoding a GABA(A) receptor subunit was isolated from rat brain. The predicted protein is 70% identical to the human epsilon-subunit. It was recently reported [Sinkkonen et al. (2000), J. Neurosci., 20, 3588-3595] that the rodent epsilon-subunit mRNA encoded an additional sequence ( approximately 400 residues). We provide evidence that human and rat(More)
Ionotropic GABA(A) receptors are heteromeric structures composed of a combination of five from at least 16 different subunits. Subunit genes are expressed in distinct cell types at specific times during development. The most abundant native GABA(A) receptors consist of alpha1-, beta2-, and gamma2-subunits that are co-expressed in numerous brain areas.(More)
The action mechanism of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) on the cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and high-threshold voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel activity was studied in human nonsecreting (NS) pituitary adenoma cells. [Ca2+]i was monitored in individual cells by dual emission microspectrofluorimetry using indo 1 as intracellular(More)
In this study, we compared the effects of different chloride (Cl(-)) substitutes - methane sulfonate (CH(3)SO(-)(3)), bromide (Br(-)), nitrate (NO(-)(3)), thiocyanate (SCN(-)) and perchlorate (ClO(-)(4)) - on the secretory activity and calcium current activation of rat lactotropes in primary culture. We observed that CH(3)SO(-)(3) decreased basal prolactin(More)
Human decidual cells synthesize and release decidual PRL (dPRL) immunologically and biochemically identical to human pituitary PRL. However, stimulators and inhibitors of PRL secretion such as TRH, bromocriptine or dopamine have no effect on dPRL release. The evidence for the involvement of Ca2+ in dPRL release is based on contradictory or unclear data.(More)
The effect of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone-associated peptide (GAP) was studied on both secretion and intracellular free Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in human pituitary cells cultured from prolactin (PRL)-secreting tumors. Secretion was measured during a 30-min incubation period and we used a(More)
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