Miniature end-plate potentials (MEPPs) were recorded intracellularly from sartorius muscle of Rana esculenta. Tracings were divided into time bins whose duration approximated one-fifth of the mean interval between consecutive potentials. The observed number of bins containing 0, 1, 2, ... MEPPs was compared, by the X2 test, with the number calculated from the Poisson equation. MEPP timing was analyzed in the absence as well in the presence of Ca2+ (1 mM, 2.5 MM, and 15 mM). In half of the experiments, 0.5% ethanol was added to the bathing solution. In the absence of Ca2+, MEPP timing fitted the Poisson predictions. On adding Ca2+, the fit became poor and MEPPs showed the tendency to cluster. At 15 mM Ca2+, no experiment proved to be Poissonian. Though increasing the frequency of MEPPs similarly to Ca2+, ethanol maintained a Poissonian release of transmitter at any concentration of Ca2+. It is suggested that ethanol masks the effects of Ca2+ on MEPP timing by also inducing the discharge of transmitter outside the Ca2+-dependent sites of exocytosis in the presynaptic membrane.

Effects of two synaptic activators, calcium and ethanol, on MEPP'S distribution in time

DANIELI, DANIELA;
1979

Abstract

Miniature end-plate potentials (MEPPs) were recorded intracellularly from sartorius muscle of Rana esculenta. Tracings were divided into time bins whose duration approximated one-fifth of the mean interval between consecutive potentials. The observed number of bins containing 0, 1, 2, ... MEPPs was compared, by the X2 test, with the number calculated from the Poisson equation. MEPP timing was analyzed in the absence as well in the presence of Ca2+ (1 mM, 2.5 MM, and 15 mM). In half of the experiments, 0.5% ethanol was added to the bathing solution. In the absence of Ca2+, MEPP timing fitted the Poisson predictions. On adding Ca2+, the fit became poor and MEPPs showed the tendency to cluster. At 15 mM Ca2+, no experiment proved to be Poissonian. Though increasing the frequency of MEPPs similarly to Ca2+, ethanol maintained a Poissonian release of transmitter at any concentration of Ca2+. It is suggested that ethanol masks the effects of Ca2+ on MEPP timing by also inducing the discharge of transmitter outside the Ca2+-dependent sites of exocytosis in the presynaptic membrane.
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