Sodium currents were studied in granule cells dissociated from rat cerebellum. Macroscopic currents were recorded using the patch-clamp technique. Sudium currents, which are TTX sensitive, reached a maximum peak value of 0.42±0.08 pA/μm2 at 18.4±2.2 mV (n=6). Activation and inactivation kinetics and steady-state properties were described in terms of Hodgkin and Huxley, parameters. The properties of sodium channels in cultured rat cerebellar granule cells are very similar to those reported for various neural preparations.

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