Journal article

Apamin- and nitric oxide-sensitive biphasic non-adrenergic non-cholinergic inhibitory junction potentials in the rat anococcygeus muscle.

S Selemidis, J Ziogas, TM Cocks

The Journal of Physiology | Published : 1998


1. Changes in membrane potential following electrical field stimulation (EFS; 1, 2 and 5 pulses at 5 Hz, 0.5 ms duration, 60-80 V) of non-adrenergic non-cholinergic (NANC) inhibitory nerves in the rat isolated anococcygeus muscle were measured using standard intracellular recording techniques. Resting membrane potential ranged between -60 and -70 mV. 2. In the presence of guanethidine (30 microM), atropine (1 microM), propranolol (1 microM) and phentolamine (0.05 microM) to establish NANC conditions, the membrane potential depolarized to between -40 and -50 mV. Under these conditions, EFS caused pulse-dependent, tetrodotoxin (1 microM)-sensitive biphasic inhibitory junction potentials (IJPs)..

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