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The cell-attached configuration of the patch clamp technique was used for studying slow variations in the activity of the ATP-sensitive K+ channels in pancreatic beta-cells isolated from mouse and man. In 0 or 3 mM glucose, the fraction of time the channels were open exhibited oscillations with frequencies in the 0.25-0.40/min range. This phenomenon is a(More)
The role of voltage-dependent Ca2+ entry for glucose generation of slow oscillations of the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) was evaluated in individual mouse pancreatic beta-cells. Like depolarization with K+, a rise of the glucose concentration resulted in an enhanced influx of Mn2+, which was inhibited by nifedipine. This antagonist of L-type(More)
Individual pancreatic beta cells respond to glucose stimulation with large amplitude (300-500 nM) oscillations in the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i). These oscillations (frequency 0.05-0.5/min) depend on rhythmical depolarization of the plasma membrane, with influx of Ca2+ through voltage-operated channels, but do not require intracellular(More)
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