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Calcium-dependent chloride transient currents in the immature oocyte of the frog, Rana esculenta.

M. Toselli, V. Taglietti, F. Tanzi, E. D' Angelo


Transient currents of chloride were studied in the plasma membrane of immature frog oocyte in voltage clamp conditions. The transients appeared to be activated by an influx of Ca2+ from the external medium. The mechanism leading to a surge of intracellular Ca2+ concentration needed at least 30 sec before full recovery. It was inhibited by substituting Ba2+ for Ca2+ in the external medium, or in the presence of La3+, Co2+ and Cd2+, or when external Na+ was replaced by Li+. Verapamil proved ineffective. The data suggest that an intracellular system of Ca-activated Ca-release is present in the frog oocyte, which can be primarily activated by membrane hyperpolarization via an influx of Ca2+ through non-selective channels.

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