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Modulation by divalent cations of the current generated by vasopressin in facial motoneurons

Dreifuss, Jean-Jacques
Published in Brain Research. 1993, vol. 624, no. 1-2, p. 326-330
Abstract Vasopressin generates a voltage-gated, sodium-dependent current in facial motoneurons in brainstem slices. Reducing the extracellular calcium concentration from 2 to 0.01 mM caused a 30 to 120% increase in the amplitude of this current. Lowering extracellular magnesium also enhanced it, but less efficiently. In the physiological solution, the response of facial neurons to vasopressin is thus partially blocked. Increasing extracellular calcium was without effect. Current-voltage curves indicate that the vasopressin current reversed at around 0 mV and suggest that the low-calcium-induced potentiation was due to an attenuation of the region of negative slope conductance.
Keywords AnimalsBrain Stem/ physiologyCalcium/metabolismCations, Divalent/ metabolismElectric ConductivityExtracellular Space/metabolismFacial Nerve/ physiologyMagnesium/metabolismMaleMotor Neurons/ drug effects/ physiologyOsmolar ConcentrationRatsRats, Sprague-DawleyVasopressins/ physiology
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