M J Frazer

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BACKGROUND The current study was performed to determine whether volatile anesthetics may include as part of their action in the central nervous system the depression of presynaptic transmitter release by alteration in intrasynaptic [Ca2+] ([Ca2+]i). METHODS Guinea pig cerebrocortical synaptosomes were studied at 37 degrees C suspended in control buffer(More)
The intravenous anesthestic thiopental has been previously shown to increase the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias, particularly when combined with epinephrine and halothane. Recent work based on microelectrode and tension measurements has indicated that thiopental may diminish membrane K+ permeability. Utilizing the whole-cell patch-clamp technique, we(More)
To clarify the mechanisms by which volatile anesthetics may depress myocardial contractility, the depressant effects of equivalent concentrations of isoflurane, enflurane and halothane were compared in rat and frog ventricular myocardium, preparations which differ markedly in excitation-contraction coupling. In Tyrode solution, right ventricular papillary(More)
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