PMID: 5921835May 1, 1966Paper

An investigation of the post-tetanic potentiation of end-plate potentials at a mammalian neuromuscular junction

The Journal of Physiology
P W Gage, J I Hubbard

Abstract

1. End-plate potentials (e.p.p.s) were recorded intracellularly from neuromuscular junctions in curarized or Mg-paralysed rat diaphragm-phrenic nerve preparations in vitro. In Mg-paralysed preparations after 1000 impulses at 100/sec the amplitude of e.p.p.s elicited at 1/sec before and after the tetanus was on average greater than the control amplitude for 120 +/- 30 sec.2. The post-tetanic potentiation (P.T.P.) of e.p.p. amplitudes was not thought to be dependent upon post-tetanic hyperpolarization (P.T.H.) of nerve terminals as it lasted longer than the hyperpolarization generated by an identical tetanus; was unaffected by hyperpolarizing currents which reduced P.T.H. or depolarizing currents which prolonged P.T.H.; and was diminished in solutions containing 30% of the normal NaCl concentration or 1% ethyl alcohol, both of which procedures prolong P.T.H. The magnitude and duration of P.T.P. were influenced by the pH of the bathing solution in the range 7-7.5 although there was no change in P.T.H. under these conditions. The inability of polarizing currents to influence P.T.P. was also thought inconsistent with the hypothesis that P.T.P. is due to an increase in available transmitter.3. P.T.P. was not thought to be due to sodi...Continue Reading

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