María Eugenia Gomez-Casati

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In this study we report the effects of neramexane, a novel amino-alkyl-cyclohexane derivative that is a non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, on recombinant rat α9α10 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. We compared its effects with those of memantine, a well-studied pore blocker of NMDA(More)
We have performed a systematic mutagenesis of three hydrophobic rings (17', 13' and 9') within transmembrane region (TM) 2 of the alpha9alpha10 nicotinic cholinergic receptor (nAChR) to a hydrophilic (threonine) residue and compared the properties of mutant receptors reconstituted in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Phenotypic changes in alpha9alpha10 mutant(More)
The alpha9 and alpha10 nicotinic cholinergic subunits assemble to form the receptor that mediates synaptic transmission between efferent olivocochlear fibers and hair cells of the cochlea. They are the latest vertebrate nicotinic cholinergic receptor (nAChR) subunits that have been cloned, and their identification has established a distant early divergent(More)
The alpha9 and alpha10 nicotinic cholinergic subunits assemble to form the receptor believed to mediate synaptic transmission between efferent olivocochlear fibers and hair cells of the cochlea, one of the few examples of postsynaptic function for a non-muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR). However, it has been suggested that the expression(More)
Studies of the electrophysiological response to acetylcholine (ACh) in mammalian outer hair cells (OHCs) are hindered by the presence of a large potassium current, I(K,n), most likely mediated by channels containing the KCNQ4 subunit. Since I(K,n) can be blocked by linopirdine, cholinergic effects might be better revealed in the presence of this compound.(More)
The alpha9 and alpha10 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subunits assemble to form the alpha9alpha10 nAChR subtype. This receptor is believed to mediate cholinergic synaptic transmission between efferent olivocochlear fibers and the hair cells of the cochlea. In addition alpha9 and/or alpha10 expression has been described in dorsal root ganglion(More)
In this study we report the effects of neramexane, a novel amino-alkyl-cyclohexane derivative that is a non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, on recombinant rat alpha9alpha10 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. We compared its effects with those of memantine, a well-studied pore blocker of NMDA(More)
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