Hemicholinium-3: Noncholinergic Effects on Squid Axons

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Science  21 Feb 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3869, pp. 820-821
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3869.820


Hemicholinium-3, when applied to the inside of a squid axon, is effective in blocking the action potential. This action is not antagonized by the addition of choline or acetylcholine to the perfusate. Voltage-clamp experiments show that hemicholinium-3 depresses both the early transient and late steady-state components of membrane ionic conductances, with a greater effect on the peak transient component.

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