The effects of local anesthetics (tetracaine, procaine and lidocaine) on self-sustained electrical oscillations were studied for a lipid membrane comprising dioleyl phosphate (DOPH). This model membrane exhibits oscillation of the membrane potential in a manner similar to that of nerve membranes, i.e., repetitive firing, in the presence of an ion-concentration gradient, on the application of d.c. electric current. Relatively weak anesthetics such as procaine and lidocaine increased the frequency of self-sustained oscillation, and finally induced aperiodic, rapid oscillation. The strong anesthetic tetracaine inhibited oscillation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry