Marek Nalecz

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Mitochondria from several tissues contain a potassium-specific channel similar to the ATP-regulated K+ (K ATP) channel of the plasma membrane. The mitochondrial channel shares with the plasma membrane K ATP channel the sensitivity to sulfonylurea derivatives and some other blockers as well as to channel openers of diverse chemical character. In contrast to(More)
Transport of carnitine was studied with immortalized rat brain endothelial cells (RBE4), an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier. The experiments on uptake and efflux through the luminal membrane excluded any involvement of choline and amino acids transporters, as well as that of glycoprotein P. Acetyl-, octanoylcarnitine, and betaine were without any(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects exerted by thiol-modifying reagents on themitochondrial sulfonylurea receptor. The thiol-oxidizing agents (timerosal and 5, 5'-dithio-bis(2-nitrobenzoic acid)) were found to produce a large inhibition (70% to 80%) of specific binding of [(3)H]glibenclamide to the beef heart mitochondrial membrane.(More)
We suggest that a dysregulation of energy metabolism in the brain of genetic absence epilepsy rats from Strasbourg (GAERS) could create a specific cerebral environment that would favor the expression of spike-and-wave discharges (SWD) in the thalamocortical loop, largely dependent on glutamatergic and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic neurotransmissions.(More)
The occurrence of absence seizures might be due to a disturbance of the balance between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmissions in the thalamo-cortical loop. In this study, we explored the consequences of buffering the glutamate content of brain cells on the occurrence and duration of seizures in Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats from Strasbourg (GAERS), a(More)
The transport of L-carnitine (4-N-trimethylammonium-3-hydroxybutyric acid) was studied with a primary culture of porcine brain capillary endothelial cells (BCEC) as an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier. The measurements with suspended cells and cell monolayers allowed to distinguish a polarized transport phenomena. The part of the BCEC cells exposed(More)
We derive a unified graph-theoretic approach to continuous and discrete phase-type distributions. The algorithms are given to obtain the signal-flow graph directly from either the matrix representation of the distribution or from the transition diagram of the underlying Markov chain. The transfer function of the signal-flow graph, easily computable using(More)
N,N'-Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCCD) inhibits the activity of ubiquinol-cytochrome c reductase in the isolated and reconstituted mitochondrial cytochrome b-c1 complex. In proteoliposomes containing b-c1 complex DCCD inhibits equally electron flow and proton translocation catalyzed by the enzyme. In both isolated and reconstituted systems the inhibitory(More)
Recording of mechanograms (Recording of mechanical activity of internal organs and vessels, often non-invasively eg. apex cardiogram) can be performed by applying different kinds of mechano-electric transducers. In this paper the idea and construction of a new transducer with Hall-generator are presented. This transducer is self-adjusting in the range of(More)
The methodology proposed in this presentation consists in considering the stationary Pt-electrode of an electrocatalytic sensor aimed at glucose measurement together with the reference electrode as a "black box" for which a mathematical model is assumed. The model correlates selected features of the output signal to the concentration of glucose and of(More)