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Journal of neurophysiology

Block of quantal end-plate currents of mouse muscle by physostigmine and procaine.


PMID 10322074

Abstract

of quantal end-plate currents of mouse muscle by physostigmine and procaine. Quantal endplate currents (qEPCs) were recorded from hemidiaphragms of mice by means of a macro-patch-clamp electrode. Excitation was blocked with tetrodotoxin, and quantal release was elicited by depolarizing pulses through the electrode. Physostigmine (Phys) or procaine (Proc) was applied to the recording site by perfusion of the electrode tip. Low concentrations of Phys increased the amplitude and prolonged the decay time constants of qEPCs from approximately 3 to approximately 10 ms, due to block of acetylcholine-esterase. With 20 microM to 2 mM Phys or Proc, the decay of qEPCs became biphasic, an initial short time constant taus decreasing to <1 ms with 1 mM Phys and to approximately 0.3 ms with 1 mM Proc. The long second time constant of the decay, taul, reached values of

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