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Title: K efflux through inward rectifying K channels in voltage clamped Purkinje fibers
Authors: Vereecke, Johan ×
Isenberg, G
Carmeliet, Edward #
Issue Date: Nov-1980
Series Title: Pflügers Archiv : European journal of physiology. vol:384 issue:3 pages:207-17
Abstract: The 42K efflux was measured in voltage clamped sheep Purkinje fibers. The voltage dependence of the K efflux can be described as N-shaped, showing a negative slope region. At potentials negative to -30mV, the K efflux is largely due to K flowing through a channel which rectifies in the inward direction and which is blocked by external application of 20mM Cs+. At potentials positive to -30mV an outward rectifier dominates the shape of the K efflux-voltage relationship. This component is insensitive to short external application of Cs+. Both components were also found when Na+ was replaced by tetramethylammonium. When the steady-state current-voltage relationship is compared with the K efflux one can conclude that the outward rectifying K flux largely determines the shape of this curve at positive membrane potentials, while the negative slope region of the K efflux correlates with the negative slope of the steady-state current-voltage relation. The K efflux is only slightly enhanced by stimulation of the preparation, corroborating the finding of inward-going rectification of the K channel. A clamp program repetitively activating the positive dynamic current e.g. by alternating the membrane potential between -70 and +10mV, increases the K efflux by about 50% as compared to the efflux measured in steady-state at this positive membrane potential. 4-Aminopyridine suppresses both this extra K efflux and the positive dynamic current. It is concluded that K ions contribute to the positive dynamic current.
ISSN: 0031-6768
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physiology Section (-)
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Signaling
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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