P P Nanasi

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Tetrodotoxin (TTX) has been believed for a long time to be a selective inhibitor of voltage-gated fast Na(+) channels in excitable tissues, including mammalian myocardium. Recently TTX has been shown to block cardiac L-type Ca(2+) current (ICa,L). Furthermore, this inhibition was ascribed to binding of TTX to the outer pore of the Ca(2+) channel,(More)
The mechanism of electrical restitution was studied in isolated rat ventricular muscle using drugs that inhibit specific ion currents. The effect of transient changes in cytosolic Ca concentration and Na/Ca exchange in relation to the restitution process was also studied in single ventricular cardiomyocytes. Conventional microelectrode techniques were(More)
The aim of the present work was to study the influence of changes in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) on beat-to-beat variability (short term variability, SV) of action potential duration (APD) in isolated canine ventricular cardiomyocytes. Series of action potentials were recorded from enzymatically isolated canine ventricular cells using(More)
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