Yong Cheng Poh

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Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) isolated from different regions of the stomach generate spontaneous electrical slow wave activity at different frequencies, with cells from the proximal stomach pacing faster than their distal counterparts. However, in vivo there exists a uniform pacing frequency; slow waves propagate aborally from the proximal stomach and(More)
Recently, a number of ion channel mutations have been identified in the smooth muscle cells of the human jejunum. Although these are potentially significant in understanding diseases that are currently of unknown etiology, no suitable computational cell model exists to evaluate the effects of such mutations. Here, therefore, a biophysically based single(More)
Gastrointestinal (GI) motility is coordinated by several cooperating mechanisms, including electrical slow wave activity, the enteric nervous system (ENS), and other factors. Slow waves generated in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) depolarize smooth muscle cells (SMC), generating basic GI contractions. This unique electrical coupling presents an added(More)
Na(v)1.5 sodium channels, encoded by SCN5A, have been identified in human gastrointestinal interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC). A recent study found a novel, rare missense R76C mutation of the sodium channel interacting protein telethonin in a patient with primary intestinal pseudo-obstruction. The presence of a mutation in a(More)
The muscular layers within the walls of the gastrointestinal tract contain two distinct cell types, the interstitial cells of Cajal and smooth muscle cells, which together produce rhythmic depolarizations known as slow waves. The bidomain model of tissue-level electrical activity consists of single intracellular and extracellular domains separated by an(More)
Gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders are not well understood, resulting in patient management that typically controls symptoms. Patients suffer from reduced quality of life and incur large costs from chronic GI disorders. It is imperative to elucidate underlying mechanisms causing GI motility disorders that, in turn, can facilitate development of(More)
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