Ted B. Begenisich

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The Ca2+ and voltage dependence of Ca(2+)-activated Cl- currents in rat parotid acinar cells was examined with the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Acinar cells were dialyzed with buffered free Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) from < 1 nM to 5 microM. Increasing [Ca2+]i induced an increase in Cl- current at all membrane potentials. In cells dialyzed with(More)
The secretion of fluid and electrolytes by salivary gland acinar cells requires the coordinated regulation of multiple water and ion transporter and channel proteins. Notably, all the key transporter and channel proteins in this process appear to be activated, or are up-regulated, by an increase in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i).(More)
The effects of changes in the concentration of calcium in solutions bathing Myxicola giant axons on the voltage dependence of sodium and potassium conductance and on the instantaneous sodium and potassium current-voltage relations have been measured. The sodium conductance-voltage relation is shifted along the voltage axis by 13 mV in the hyperpolarizing(More)
The block of squid axon sodium channels by H ions was studied using voltage-clamp and internal perfusion techniques. An increase in the concentration of internal permeant ions decreased the block produced by external H ions. The voltage dependence of the block was found to be nonmonotonic: it was reduced by both large positive and large negative potentials.(More)
We describe a method to evaluate the ratio of ionic fluxes through recombinant channels expressed in a single Xenopus oocyte. A potassium channel encoded by the Drosophila Shaker gene tested by this method exhibited flux ratios far from those expected for independent ion movement. At a fixed extracellular concentration of 25 mM K+, this channel showed(More)
We measured unidirectional K+ in- and efflux through an inward rectifier K channel (IRK1) expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The ratio of these unidirectional fluxes differed significantly from expectations based on independent ion movement. In an extracellular solution with a K+ concentration of 25 mM, the data were described by a Ussing flux-ratio exponent,(More)
The steady-state potassium conductance gK( Xo) of the Rana node of Ranvier is a sigmoid function of membrane potential which ranges from 0 to perhaps 0.15 ,umho (Dodge, 1963). This voltage-dependent increase in potassium conductance could be achieved by various physical mechanisms, but two limiting cases may conveniently be distinguished: On the one hand,(More)
Three broad classes of Ca(2+)-activated potassium channels are defined by their respective single channel conductances, i.e. the small, intermediate, and large conductance channels, often termed the SK, IK, and BK channels, respectively. SK channels are likely encoded by three genes, Kcnn1-3, whereas IK and most BK channels are most likely products of the(More)
We used molecular biological and patch-clamp techniques to identify the Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel genes in mouse parotid acinar cells. Two types of K(+) channels were activated by intracellular Ca(2+) with single-channel conductance values of 22 and 140 pS (in 135 mM external K(+)), consistent with the intermediate and maxi-K classes of Ca(2+)-activated(More)
The sodium flux ratio across the axolemma of internally perfused, voltage-clamped giant axons of Loligo pealei has been measured at various membrane potentials. The flux ratio exponent obtained from these measurements was about unity and independent of membrane voltage over the 50 mV range from about -20 to ł mV. These results, combined with previous(More)