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Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) generate the electrical slow wave required for normal gastrointestinal motility. The ionic conductances expressed in human intestinal ICC are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine expression of a Na+ current in human intestinal ICC and to determine the effects of the Na+ current on the slow wave. Visually(More)
Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) generate the electrical slow wave. The ionic conductances that contribute to the slow wave appear to vary among species. In humans, a tetrodotoxin-resistant Na+ current (Na(V)1.5) encoded by SCN5A contributes to the rising phase of the slow wave, whereas T-type Ca2+ currents have been reported from cultured mouse intestine(More)
T-type Ca(2+) currents have been detected in cells from the external muscular layers of gastrointestinal smooth muscles and appear to contribute to the generation of pacemaker potentials in interstitial cells of Cajal from those tissues. However, the Ca(2+) channel alpha subunit responsible for these currents has not been determined. We established that the(More)
K(+) currents are known to regulate the excitability of corpus cavernosum myocytes and therefore to play a role in the control of penile erection and detumescence. We used electrophysiology and molecular cloning techniques to identify ion channel proteins that contribute to K(+) currents in rabbit cavernosal myocytes. Currents were recorded from freshly(More)
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