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Cell-attached patch recordings were made from zona-free mouse eggs to examine currents at the single-channel level; two types were identified. A channel with a mean conductance of 130 pS showed changes in reversal potential on dilution of the patch pipette solution consistent with a cation channel; the channel current persisted when the only cation in the pipette was K+: it was concluded that this channel was permeable to K+. The binomial distribution was used to describe the proportion of time 0, 1, 2, ..., n channels were open in multichannel recordings of the K+ channel. Bursts of inward currents of about 1 pA, which showed voltage activation and could be recorded in the presence of CsCl and tetraethylammonium (TEA), were identified as Ca2+ channels.

Original publication




Journal article


Q J Exp Physiol

Publication Date





483 - 492


Animals, Calcium, Ion Channels, Membrane Potentials, Mice, Mice, Inbred BALB C, Microelectrodes, Ovum, Potassium, Temperature