T. Muteki

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BACKGROUND Local anesthetics are known to inhibit the voltage-gated sodium current (INa) of the nerve membrane, but it has not been fully studied whether anesthetic concentrations of local anesthetics depress the voltage-gated calcium current (ICa) of mammalian neurons. The effects of local anesthetics on ICa evoked in cultured rat dorsal root ganglion(More)
Intralaminar thalamic nuclei have been considered to be a component of the non-specific sensory system which is involved in physiological functions related to consciousness and pain sensation. The effect of halothane on membrane potentials and synaptic properties of neurons of the parafascicular (Pf) nucleus in guinea pig brain slices was investigated using(More)
The mechanism underlying the anticonvulsant action of 'Saiko-Keishi-To' (SK), the Japanese herbal medicine, was examined using whole-cell patch-clamp recording from cultured rat dorsal root ganglion cells. Neurons were held at -60 mV and perfused with an internal solution containing a high concentration of Cl-. Under these circumstances, SK produced an(More)
Changes taking place in both Qi Gong Masters and their patients during Qi Gong treatment were evaluated using the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test. During the Qi Gong state, on the Qi-Gong Master's body, as well as the body of the patient being treated, acupuncture points CV5 (Shi Men) and CV6 (Qi Hai)-- located below the umbilicus-- show changes from +4 in the(More)
1. Cultured dorsal root ganglion cells of the bullfrog were voltage-clamped in the whole-cell configuration. 2. An adenosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate (cyclic AMP)-dependent cationic inward rectifier (IH) was inhibited by bath application of enflurane (0.2-0.8 mM) and halothane (0.2-0.5 mM), which thereby induced an outward current at the resting(More)
The present study evaluated responses to double burst stimulation (DBS) at supramaximal and submaximal currents in 30 adult patients. Usually, DBS is applied with supramaximal stimulation, but this may be quite uncomfortable for the awake patient. Therefore, the authors investigated whether it is possible to obtain an accurate assessment of significant(More)
Pre- and postoperative MR findings in the spinal cord of 4 patients who underwent lesioning of the cervical dorsal root entry zone (DREZ-otomy) are reported. In 3 patients with root avulsion, MR images revealed spinal cord atrophy preoperatively and, after DREZ-otomy, long-lasting spinal cord enlargement and extensive intramedullary changes. In a case(More)