Ze-Min Wang

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Effects of the local anesthetic, n-butyl-p-aminobenzoate, at a concentration of 100 microM, were investigated using the whole-cell voltage clamp on dorsal root ganglion neurons cultured from neonatal rat in a serum-enriched medium. During current clamp conditions, the drug either increased the firing threshold or blocked tetrodotoxin-sensitive and(More)
BACKGROUND Aqueous suspensions of the local anesthetic n-butyl-p-aminobenzoate (BAB), epidurally applied in terminal cancer patients, resulted in a sensory blockade, lasting up to several months. To investigate the mechanism of action on the cellular level, the effect of 100 microM BAB on Na+ action potentials and on Na+ currents in dorsal root ganglion(More)
The effects of agmatine (Agm) on the discharges of neurons in CA1 area of hippocampal slices were examined by using extracellular recording technique. The results are as follows. (1) In response to the application of Agm (0.1-1.0 micromol/L) into the superfusate for 2 min, the spontaneous discharge rates (SDR) of 38/47 (80.9%) neurons were decreased(More)
To study the role of electrical membrane processes in neuronal regeneration and growth, resting membrane potentials and action potentials of sensory (dorsal root ganglion) neurons growing in culture were measured at the soma, neurite and growth cone using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Our results show that resting membrane potentials measured at the(More)
Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (1,4,5-InsP3) was perfused into rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons by whole-cell patch-clamp electrodes, while measuring the membrane potential. This operation evoked a transient (2-3 min) membrane hyperpolarization of about -15 mV (from -42 mV) followed by a depolarization. The membrane hyperpolarization was abolished when(More)
The effects of microinjection of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin (5-HT) into the ventral tegmental area (VTA) on the activity of dopamine neurons in VTA and sleep-wakefulness were studied in rats. It was observed that in aneasthetized rats microinjection of GABA (25 micrograms) and 5-HT (2 micrograms) respectively decreased or increased the(More)
This article describes a simple electronic unit to obtain time-lapse recordings with the use of a common remote-controlled home video cassette recorder, for example a VHS recorder. The electronic unit is a timer to be connected to the remote-control unit. The video cassette recorder itself remains unchanged. Replay of the recorded images speeds up the(More)
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