Characterization of ionic currents in human neural stem cells.
Lim, CG; Kim, SS; Suh-Kim, H; Lee, YD; Ahn, SC
The Korean journal of physiology & pharmacology : official journal of the Korean Physiological Society and the Korean Society of Pharmacology, 12(4):131-135, 2008
The Korean journal of physiology & pharmacology : official journal of the Korean Physiological Society and the Korean Society of Pharmacology
The profile of membrane currents was investigated in differentiated neuronal cells derived from human neural stem cells (hNSCs) that were obtained from aborted fetal cortex. Whole-cell voltage clamp recording revealed at least 4 different currents: a tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive Na(+) current, a hyperpolarization-activated inward current, and A-type and delayed rectifier-type K(+) outward currents. Both types of K(+) outward currents were blocked by either 5 mM tetraethylammonium (TEA) or 5 mM 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). The hyperpolarization-activated current resembled the classical K(+) inward current in that it exhibited a voltage-dependent block in the presence of external Ba(2+) (30microM) or Cs(+) (3microM). However, the reversal potentials did not match well with the predicted K(+) equilibrium potentials, suggesting that it was not a classical K(+) inward rectifier current. The other Na(+) inward current resembled the classical Na(+) current observed in pharmacological studies. The expression of these channels may contribute to generation and repolarization of action potential and might be regarded as functional markers for hNSCs-derived neurons.
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