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However buy 0.5 mg cabergoline fast delivery, in practice, their effects are slightly different, depending on the pattern of stimulation, and in fact the two currents act synergistically Ð i. SK and M channels are not the only K‡ channels regulated by transmitters. As Ca noted above, transmitters can also close, or open, other K‡ channels that do not directly regulate excitability but instead determine the resting potential of the neuron, and hence depolarise or hyperpolarise the neuron. Ca2‡ CHANNELS: PLATEAU POTENTIALS AND PACEMAKING As pointed out above, although the principal function of voltage-gated Ca2‡ channels is to provide the charge of Ca2‡ necessary for transmitter release, Ca2‡ channels are also present on the somata and dendrites of most neurons. These include two classes of Ca2‡ channel not involved in transmitter release Ð dihydropyridine-sensitive high-threshold L-type channels, homologous to the cardiac Ca2‡ channels responsible for ventricular contraction and some pacemaking activity; and low-threshold, rapidly-inactivating T- type Ca2‡ channels. First, their opening during somato-dendritic action potentials provides the source of the increased intracellular [Ca2‡] required to open Ca2‡-activated K‡ channels Ð BK channels, to accelerate spike repolarisation, and SK channels, to induce spike-train adaptation and limit repetitive firing. The BK channels are activated (primarily) following entry of Ca2‡ through L-type channels; the source of Ca2‡ for SK channel activation varies with different neurons, and may be either through L-type or N-type channels. Second, as in the ventricular muscle fibres of the heart, opening of L-type channels can generate sustained plateau potentials following the initial Na2‡-mediated action potential Ð for example, in the rhythmically firing neurons of the inferior olive (Fig. At resting potentials 4760 mV, these channels are inactivated and hence non-conducting (a voltage-sensitive closure process resembling Na‡ channel inactivation). Under these conditions, the relay neurons show sustained rhythmic firing when tonically depolarised. However, if the neurons are first hyper- polarised, T-channel inactivation is removed. This in turn induces a rapid 46 NEUROTRANSMITTERS, DRUGS AND BRAIN FUNCTION Figure 2. The Ca2‡ entry activates K Ca channels, to produce a long-lasting (several hundred ms) after-hyperpolarisation.

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