(-)Pentobarbital opens ion channels of long duration in cultured mouse spinal neurons

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Science  25 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4455, pp. 507-509
DOI: 10.1126/science.6248961

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Intracellular recordings from voltage-clamped mouse spinal neurons in tissue culture were used to study the membrane mechanisms underlying inhibitory responses to gamma-aminobutyric acid and the (-) isomer of pentobarbital. Fluctuation analysis suggested that both substances activated ion channels in the membranes. However, the channels activated by pentobarbital remained open five times longer than those activated by gamma-aminobutyric acid.