Ricardo H. Pineda

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In addition to rapid signaling, electrical activity provides important cues to developing neurons. Electrical activity relies on the function of several different types of voltage-gated ion channels. Whereas voltage-gated Ca2+ channel activity regulates several aspects of neuronal differentiation, much less is known about developmental roles of(More)
The presence of multiple Nav1 isotypes within a neuron and the lack of specific blockers hamper identification of the in vivo roles of sodium current (INa) components, especially during embryonic stages. To identify the functional properties of INa components in vivo in developing neurons, we took a molecular genetic approach. Embryonic zebrafish(More)
Whereas it is known that voltage-gated calcium channels play important roles during development, potential embryonic roles of voltage-gated sodium channels have received much less attention. Voltage-gated sodium channels consist of pore-forming alpha-subunits (Na(v)1) and auxiliary beta-subunits. Here, we report the embryonic and larval expression patterns(More)
Whereas Kvbeta2 subunits modulate potassium current properties carried by Kv1 channel complexes in heterologous systems, little is known about the contributions of Kvbeta2 subunits to native potassium channel function. Using antisense approaches and in situ recordings from Xenopus embryo spinal cord neurons, we tested the in vivo roles of Kvbeta2 subunits(More)
Within the developing Xenopus spinal cord, voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channel genes display different expression patterns, many of which occur in opposing dorsal-ventral gradients. Regional differences in Kv gene expression would predict different patterns of potassium current (I(Kv)) regulation. However, during the first 24 h of postmitotic(More)
AB. Kv1 potassium channel complexes in vivo require Kv␤2 subunits in dorsal spinal neurons. Whereas Kv␤2 subunits modulate potassium current properties carried by Kv1 channel complexes in heterologous systems, little is known about the contributions of Kv␤2 subunits to native potassium channel function. Using antisense approaches and in situ recordings from(More)
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