Pedro Segura-Chama

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Modulation of high-threshold voltage-dependent calcium channels by neurotransmitters has been the subject of numerous studies in cultures of neurons and chromaffin cells. However, no studies on such modulation exist in chromaffin cells in their natural environment, the intact adrenal medullary tissue. Here we performed such a study in voltage-clamped(More)
Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) are widely used as model to investigate the pathophysiological mechanisms of essential hypertension. Catecholamine plasma levels are elevated in SHR, suggesting alterations of the sympathoadrenal axis. The residual hypertension in sympathectomized SHR is reduced after demedullation, suggesting a dysfunction of the(More)
Ca(2+) currents (I(Ca)) recorded from adrenal chromaffin cells (CCs) of spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats are similar to one another, but different from those recorded in other rodent species. I(Ca) in WKY/SHR CCs comprises an early, transient (I(Ca(e))) and a late, sustained component (I(Ca(s))). In Wistar CCs,(More)
We characterized the ionic currents underlying the cellular excitability and the Ca(2+) -channel subtypes involved in action potential (AP) firing of rat adrenal chromaffin cells (RCCs) preserved in their natural environment, the adrenal gland slices, through the perforated patch-clamp recording technique. RCCs prepared from adrenal slices exhibit a resting(More)
Modifications in Ca2+ influx may lead to profound changes in the cell activity associated with Ca2+-dependent processes, from muscle contraction and neurotransmitter release to calcium-mediated cell death. Therefore, calcium entry into the cell requires fine regulation. In this context, understanding of the modulation of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels(More)
Adrenal chromaffin cells (CCs) from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) secrete more catecholamine (CA) upon stimulation than CCs from normotensive Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY). Unitary CA exocytosis events, both spontaneous and stimulated, were amperometrically recorded from cultured WKY and SHR CCs. Both strains display spontaneous amperometric spikes but(More)
Automated technologies are now resolving the historical relegation that ion channels have endured as targets for the new drug discovery and development global efforts. The richness and adequacy of functional assay methodologies, remarkably fluorescence-based detection of ions fluxes and patch-clamp electrophysiology recording of ionic currents, are now(More)
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