Stuart Plant

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Morphological, electrophysiological, and biochemical properties of H9c2 cells, a permanent cell line derived from rat cardiac tissue, were studied. Although the lectin binding pattern revealed similar sugar residues in the surface coat of H9c2 cells and isolated rat cardiocytes, heart-specific morphological structures could not be detected in H9c2 cells.(More)
Using the whole cell configuration of the patch-clamp technique, we have identified an adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP)-regulated chloride conductance in pancreatic duct cells. Basal whole cell currents in single isolated cells were very low (approximately 5 pA/pF) but could be stimulated 17-fold by elevation of intracellular cAMP. The(More)
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)
We investigated whether the adipocytokine, adiponectin, protected the endothelium against damage induced by oxidised low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (oxLDL). Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were cultured with either 200 or 350 microg/ml oxLDL, with or without adiponectin purified from human serum (12 microg/ml). Cellular oxidative status was(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)
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)
We compared ionized serum calcium and parathyroid hormone (PTH) responses to the beta-adrenergic agents, isoproterenol and propranolol, in 14 patients with hyperparathyroidism following renal transplantation and 8 normal volunteers. Following isoproterenol, PTH rose in normal subjects concurrent with a significant (p less than 0.01) fall in ionized but not(More)