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J Neurosci. 1990 May;10(5):1675-82.

Potassium conductance increased by noradrenaline, opioids, somatostatin, and G-proteins: whole-cell recording from guinea pig submucous neurons.

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  • 1Vollum Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201.


Agonists at alpha 2-adrenoceptors, delta-opioid receptors, and somatostatin receptors were applied to dissociated guinea pig submucous plexus neurons; whole-cell recordings of membrane current showed that they increased the membrane potassium conductance. The conductance affected showed inward rectification, being described by Gag(max)/[1 + exp((V - V0.5)/k)] where V0.5 was about -65 mV and Gag(max) was about 10 nS. The agonists were ineffective when the potassium conductance of the neurons had first been increased by intracellular dialysis with purified guanosine 5'-triphosphate (GTP)-binding proteins (Gi or Go). Agonist actions were prevented by pertussis toxin, applied intracellularly (10-100 ng/ml for several minutes) or extracellularly 1-10 micrograms/ml for 1 hr); in the latter case, the agonist responses were reconstituted by intracellular dialysis with GTP-binding proteins.

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