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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2000 Sep-Oct;50(5):855-66.

[The Na,K pump regulates a decrease in the cholinosensitivity of the neurons in the snail Helix lucorum taurica Kryn in a cellular analog of habituation: its dependence on intracellular calcium].

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Department of Higher Nervous Activity, Lomonosov State University, Moscow.


In Helix lucorum snail we studied the effects of ouabain, inhibitor of Na,K-pump, on the depression of cholinosensitivity in command neurons of withdrawal behavior and the role of the intracellular free Ca2+. The cellular analog of the negative learning (habituation) was used Transmembrane integral inward currents were recorded from the identified LPa2, LPa3, RPa3, and RPa2 neurons in ganglia preparation using two-electrode voltage clamp technique. Acetylcholine (ACh) was locally applied iontophoretically. Reduction of neuronal cholinosensitivity was estimated as a depth of depression of the ACh-induced inward current during rhythmic local application of ACh (interstimulus interval of 1-3 min) onto the somatic membrane. Bath application of ouabain (0.1 mM) produced an increase in depression in one group of neurons and its decrease in another group. After 60-150 min of spontaneous diffusion of a calcium ion chelator BAPTA (1 mM) from the intracellular microelectrode, ouabain produced only the increase in depression. If CaCl2 (100 mM) was added to the solution of the voltage-recording intracellular microelectrode, 60 min later ouabain produced only the reduction of the depression of the ACh current. The conclusion is drawn that the inhibition of the Na,K-pump by ouabain modifies the depression of neuronal cholinosensitivity in the cellular analog of habituation. The direction of the modulatory effect depends on the basal concentration of the intracellular free Ca2+.

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