Mindy L. Chen

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The effects of memantine (50-175 microM) on the post-tetanic potentiation of the twitch tension were studied on the isolated mouse nerve diaphragm preparation. Memantine completely abolished the twitch tension elicited indirectly while it had no effect on the directly elicited twitch tension. Memantine also decreased the post-tetanic potentiation of(More)
The blockade of K+ channels and enhancement of neuromuscular transmission by dendrotoxin (DTX), a convulsant peptide from mamba snake venom, were examined in normal and mutant larval preparations of Drosophila. Two-microelectrode voltage-clamp experiments showed that DTX reduced the transient K+ current, IA, in muscle membrane. This effect was suppressed by(More)
A diversity of voltage-gated K+ channels has been identified which participates in the regulation of membrane excitability and neural plasticity. After decades of intensive molecular, genetic, pharmacological and electrophysiological studies, the structure and function of K+ channels have been elucidated in great detail. In particular, impressive progress(More)
Dopamine (DA) neurons increase and decrease firing for rewards that are better and worse than expected, respectively. These correlates have been observed at the level of single-unit firing and in measurements of phasic DA release in ventral striatum (VS). Here, we ask whether DA release is modulated by delivery of reward, not to oneself, but to a(More)
Subcellular clustering of ion channels critically affects neuronal function. Coexpression of Eag and Sh channel subunits in Xenopus oocytes leads to accelerated decay of the Sh-like transient K(+) current (Chen, M.-L., T. Hoshi, and C.-F. Wu. 1996. Neuron. 17:535-542). We report that such interaction depends critically on functional expression level(More)
The effects of brevetoxin-B, a polyether toxin isolated from Gymnodinium breve Davis, on neuromuscular transmission were studied on the mouse hemidiaphragm using general pharmacological and electrophysiological methods. Brevetoxin-B initially induced spontaneous muscle twitching followed by complete paralysis of the indirectly elicited twitch tension of the(More)
The effects of a cognition enhancer, 3,3-dipyridylmethyl-1-phenyl-2-indolinone (DPMPI) (21.5-645 microM), on neuromuscular transmission were studied electrophysiologically on diaphragms of mouse and rat and the soleus muscle of rat. The drug DPMPI (21.5-645 microM) increased both direct and indirect twitch tension of mouse diaphragm. It also increased (a)(More)
The effects of 3,3-dipyridyl-methyl-1-phenyl-2-indolinone (DPMPI), a new cognition enhancer, on perineural waveforms were assessed on triangularis sterni nerve-muscle preparations in the mouse. The perineural waveforms were recorded with extracellular electrodes placed in the perineural sheaths of motor nerves. At 64.5 microM, DPMPI decreased the fast(More)
The effects of phencyclidine(PCP) on the post-tetanic potentiation(PTP) of twitch tension were studied on the isolated mouse phrenic nerve diaphragm preparation. Phencyclidine increased directly elicited twitch tension while it decreased post-tetanic potentiation of the indirectly elicited twitch tension. The maximal depression effect of the PTP was found(More)