Tsuneo Tosaka

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Voltage-dependent potassium currents were analyzed in the visually identified sympathetic preganglionic neurons (SPNs) of neonatal rat spinal cord thin slices by the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Some of the SPNs were identified by the presence of retrogradely transported fluorescent dye, DiI, injected into the superior cervical ganglion several days(More)
An analysis of the role of adrenergic transmission in mediating the hyperpolarizing, slow inhibitory postsynaptic potential has revealed that dopamine is apparently the specific synaptic transmitter for this response. An additional action of dopamine was discovered, namely the selective facilitation of another synaptic response, the slow excitatory(More)
Taurine uptake was studied in the bullfrog sympathetic ganglia. High- and low-affinity components were detected after subtraction of nonsaturable influx from total uptake in a concentration range from 34 nM to 8mM. Taurine uptake was strictly sodium dependent and the sodium dependency curve was sigmoidal, with a Hill number of 1.6, indicating that at least(More)
The kinetics and specificity of GABA and taurine uptake were studied in the bullfrog sympathetic ganglia. GABA uptake system consisted of simple saturable component and taurine uptake system consisted of two saturable components exclusive of non-saturable influx. Taurine unaffected GABA uptake while GABA inhibited taurine uptake competitively with theK i/Km(More)
Visually identified and electrophysiologically characterized sympathetic preganglionic neurons (SPNs) were recorded using the whole-cell voltage clamp technique in slices of neonatal rat spinal cord. Monosynaptic excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) were evoked by electrical stimulation of the nucleus intercalatus in the presence of strychnine (5(More)
Hyposmolarity-induced taurine release was dependent on the decrease in medium osmolarity (5-50%) in the satellite glial cells of the bullfrog sympathetic ganglia. Release of GABA induced by hyposmolarity was much less than that of taurine. Omission of external Cl- replaced with gluconate totally suppressed taurine release, but only slightly suppressed GABA(More)