Effect of adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate on neuronal pacemaker activity: a voltage clamp analysis

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Science  02 Jan 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4477, pp. 59-61
DOI: 10.1126/science.6255562


Bursting pacemaker activity in nerve cells can be modified for long periods by synaptic input of short duration. There is evidence that cyclic nucleotides may play a role in these modifications. The predominant effect of elevated levels of adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate in Aplysia neurons was an increased slope conductance to hyperpolarizing pulses, evident in voltage clamp records. A similar increase in slope conductance was seen as one component of maximum strength synaptic stimulation, which is consistent with the idea that cyclic nucleotides are important in the expression of synaptic alteration of bursting pacemaker activity.