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1. The mechanism of Ca2+ release from intracellular stores was studied in defolliculated Xenopus laevis oocytes by measuring whole-cell currents using the two-electrode voltage-clamp method. 2. The extracellular application of ionomycin, a selective Ca2+ ionophore, evoked an inward current consisting of a spike-like fast component followed by a long-lasting(More)
1. Electrophysiological properties of the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GRH) receptor were studied in Xenopus oocytes with an intact follicle cell layer (i.e. follicular oocytes) by measuring whole-cell current using the two-electrode voltage-clamp method. 2. A slow transient outward current was elicited in oocytes, clamped at -60 mV, by the application(More)
The effects of lidocaine have been investigated on electrical and contractile activity in guinea-pig ventricular cells in the absence and in the presence of ouabain. At low (therapeutic) doses, lidocaine induced a small reduction in action potential duration and contraction but had no effect on transient depolarizations or, under voltage-clamp conditions,(More)
Functional expression of receptors for GnRH was studied using Xenopus laevis oocytes injected with poly(A)+ mRNA extracted from rat anterior pituitary glands. Whole-cell currents were monitored using two-electrode voltage-clamp techniques. In oocytes which responded to both GnRH and TRH, the GnRH response showed a longer latency and time-to-peak than the(More)
The properties of the Ca2(+)-activated K+ channel in unfertilized hamster oocytes were investigated at the single-channel level using inside-out excised membrane patches. The results indicate a new type of Ca2(+)-activated K+ channel which has the following characteristics: (1) single-channel conductance of 40-85 pS for outward currents in symmetrical K+(More)
Expression of receptors for the hypothalamic regulatory peptide, gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH), was investigated by intracellular recording from Xenopus oocytes injected with poly(A)+ mRNA isolated from rat anterior pituitary glands. Membrane depolarizations were induced in oocytes in a dose-dependent fashion following the application of GnRH (10nM(More)
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