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Neuroreport. 1994 Apr 14;5(8):1001-4.

NS 004--an activator of Ca(2+)-dependent K+ channels in cerebellar granule cells.

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Department of Cellular Biology, NeuroSearch A/S, Glostrup, Denmark.


The large-conductance Ca(2+)-dependent K+ channels or BK channels in cerebellar granule cells were studied by patch-clamp technique, and the effects on channel activity of the molecule NS 004 (1-(2-hydroxy-5-chlorophenyl)-5-trifluoromethyl-2- benzimidazolone) were investigated. The channels had a unit conductance of 187 pS, were blocked by charybdotoxin and activated by internal Ca2+. NS 004 (10-30 microM) significantly increased the single channel opening frequency as well as the mean open time. In whole-cell recordings the compound shifted the BK current-voltage relationship by up to 40 mV towards negative membrane potentials. NS 004 is an efficient BK channel opener, which may represent a novel approach to relaxation of neuronal cells expressing this type of K+ channel.

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