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Intracellular Mg(2+) buffering and Mg(2+) extrusion were investigated in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Mg(2+) or EDTA were pressure injected and the resulting changes in the intracellular Mg(2+) concentration were measured simultaneously with Mg(2+)-selective microelectrodes. In the presence of extracellular Na(+), injected Mg(2+) was extruded from the oocytes(More)
Slow N-Methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) synaptic currents are assumed to strongly contribute to the persistently elevated firing rates observed in prefrontal cortex (PFC) during working memory. During persistent activity, spiking of many neurons is highly irregular. Here we report that highly irregular firing can be induced through a combination of NMDA- and(More)
At least two rate-limiting mechanisms in vesicle trafficking operate at mouse Schaffer collateral synapses, but their molecular/physical identities are unknown. The first mechanism determines the baseline rate at which reserve vesicles are supplied to a readily releasable pool. The second causes the supply rate to depress threefold when synaptic(More)
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