Michal J Urbanski

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Endocannabinoids acting on CB(1) cannabinoid receptors are involved in short- and long-term depression of synaptic transmission. The aim of the present study was to determine which endocannabinoid, anandamide or 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), is involved in depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition (DSI) in the cerebellar cortex, which is the most(More)
CB(1) cannabinoid receptors are expressed in many neurons in the caudate-putamen. However, it is not known how the activation of these receptors influences synaptic transmission between different neuron classes. The aim was to establish a method for studying identified synaptic connections in the caudate-putamen, and to determine the effects of cannabinoids(More)
Presynaptic CB(1) cannabinoid receptors are frequently targets of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) released from postsynaptic neurons. It is known that the glutamatergic afferent input to a neuron can trigger endocannabinoid production and that the released endocannabinoid can suppress the glutamatergic input. We tested the hypothesis that(More)
Alpha(2)-adrenoceptors mediate diverse functions of the sympathetic system and are targets for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, depression, pain, glaucoma, and sympathetic activation during opioid withdrawal. To determine whether alpha(2)-adrenoceptors on adrenergic neurons or alpha(2)-adrenoceptors on nonadrenergic neurons mediate the physiological(More)
Globus pallidus neurons receive GABAergic input from the caudate-putamen via the striatopallidal pathway. Anatomical studies indicate that many CB(1) cannabinoid receptors are localized on terminals of striatopallidal axons. Accordingly, the hypothesis of the present work was that activation of CB(1) receptors presynaptically inhibits neurotransmission(More)
Activation of CB1 receptors on axon terminals by exogenous cannabinoids (eg, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and by endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) released by postsynaptic neurons leads to presynaptic inhibition of neurotransmission. The aim of this study was to characterize the effect of cannabinoids on GABAergic synaptic transmission in the human(More)
Hypertension and its complications represent leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Although the cause of hypertension is unknown in most patients, genetic factors are recognized as contributing significantly to an individual's lifetime risk of developing the condition. Here, we investigated the role of the G protein regulator phosducin (Pdc) in(More)
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