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In this review we discuss the properties of the Ca(2+)-activated Cl- current [ICl(Ca)] recorded in isolated smooth muscle cells with electrophysiological techniques and speculate on the possible physiological role(s) of ICl(Ca) in smooth muscle function. In particular, we concentrate on 1) the Ca2+ dependence of ICl(Ca), 2) the mechanisms that link(More)
1. The action of niflumic acid was studied on spontaneous and evoked calcium-activated chloride (ICl(Ca)) and potassium (IK(Ca)) currents in rabbit isolated portal vein cells. 2. With the nystatin perforated patch technique in potassium-containing solutions at a holding potential of -77 mV (the potassium equilibrium potential), niflumic acid produced a(More)
The mode of action of ACh antagonists on the parasympathetic neurones of the submandibular ganglion of the rat was studied by means of a two-micro-electrode voltage-clamp technique. The currents produced by various agonists (carbachol, ACh, suberylcholine) were studied in steady state and after voltage steps, before and after perfusion of various(More)
The present work investigates the effect of phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PIP(2)) on native TRPC6 channel activity in freshly dispersed rabbit mesenteric artery myocytes using patch clamp recording and co-immunoprecipitation methods. Inclusion of 100 microM diC8-PIP(2) in the patch pipette and bathing solutions, respectively, inhibited angiotensin(More)
Ca2+-activated Cl- channels contribute to agonist-evoked contraction and spontaneous activity in some smooth muscle preparations. Patch pipette techniques were used to study the properties of single Ca2+-activated Cl- channels in freshly dispersed rabbit pulmonary artery myocytes. In the cell-attached recording mode, two conductance states of 3.5 and 1.8 pS(More)
1. The transduction mechanisms involved in the activation and modulation of the noradrenaline-activated cation current (Icat) were investigated with whole-cell patch clamp techniques in rabbit portal vein smooth muscle cells. 2. Intracellular application of guanosine 5-O-(3-thiotriphosphate) (GTP gamma S, 500 microM) evoked a 'noisy' inward current at -50(More)
In the present study we have investigated the role of diacylglycerol (DAG) and protein kinase C (PKC) in mediating activation of Ca(2+)-permeable store-operated channels (SOCs) by noradrenaline in rabbit portal vein smooth muscle cells. With cell-attached recording, bath application of noradrenaline, 1-oleoyl-acetyl-sn-glycerol (OAG) and phorbol(More)
In vascular smooth muscle cells many agonists cause the release of Ca2+ ions from internal stores. An important problem concerns the mechanism by which the intracellular stores are refilled subsequent to depletion. In the present study, we describe the properties of a Ca2+-permeable non-selective cation channel current that is activated in rabbit portal(More)
1. The action of monoethylcholine (MECh) on neuromuscular transmission has been studied by electrophysiological methods. 2. End-plate potentials (e.p.p.s.) in curarized rat muscle were unaffected or slightly increased in amplitude by MECh (0-1-1 mM). Stimulation at 3 Hz for about 30 min in the presence of MECh caused a progressive decline in e.p.p.(More)
In the present study we have investigated an inhibitory pathway regulating a constitutively active Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cation conductance (I(cat)) in rabbit ear artery smooth muscle cells. Constitutive single channel activity of I(cat) was recorded in cell-attached and inside-out patches with similar unitary conductance values. In inside-out(More)