D Bingmann

University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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  • R.E. Baker · D Ballantyne · D Bingmann · D Jones · G Widman
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    ABSTRACT: Organotypic transverse medullary slices (obex level) from six-day-old rats, cultured for two to four weeks in chemically defined medium contained rhythmically discharging neurones which were activated by CO2 and H+. The mechanisms underlying this rhythmicity and the spread of excitation and synaptic transmission within this organotypic tissue were examined by modifying the composition of the external solution. Our findings showed that (1) Exposure to tetrodotoxin (0.2 microM) or to high magnesium (6 mM) and low calcium (0.2 mM) concentrations abolished periodic activity. (2) Neither the blockade of GABAergic potentials with bicuculline methiodide (200 microM) and/or hydroxysaclofen (200 microM) nor the blockade of glycinergic potentials with strychnine hydrochloride (100 microM) abolished rhythmicity. (3) While atropine sulphate (5 microM) was ineffective in modulating periodic discharges nicotine (100 microM) - like CO2-shortened the intervals between the periodic events; hexamethonium (50-100 microM) reduced both periodic and aperiodic activity. (4) Exposure to the NMDA antagonist 2-aminophosphonovaleric acid (50 microM) suppressed periodic events only transiently. In the presence of 2-aminophosphonovaleric acid rhythmicity recovered. However, the AMPA-antagonist 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (10-50 microM), abolished periodic activity reversibly within less than 5 min. When 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione and nicotine were administered simultaneously periodic events persisted for up to 10 min. These findings indicate that synaptic excitatory drive is a prerequisite for the generation of rhythmic discharges of medullary neurones in this preparation. This drive may activate voltage-dependent channels or it may facilitate endogenous cellular mechanisms which initiate oscillations of intracellular calcium concentration. To test the latter possibility (5) calcium antagonists were added to the bath saline. The organic calcium antagonists verapamil and flunarizine (50-100 microM each) and the inorganic calcium antagonists cobalt (2 mM) and magnesium (6 mM) suppressed periodic activity and abolished or weakened the chemosensitivity towards CO2/acidosis. (6) Dantrolene (10 microM). an inhibitor of intracellular calcium release decreased the periodicity, while thapsigargin (2 microM) which blocks endoplasmic Ca(2+)-ATPase, transiently accelerated the occurrence of periodic events. (7) Oscillations of intracellular free calcium concentrations in Fura-2 AM-loaded cells were weakened or abolished by cobalt (2 mM). The results of (5)-(7) indicate that transmembrane calcium fluxes as well as intracellular Ca(2+)-release and -clearance mechanisms are a prerequisite for intracellular free calcium oscillations which may be important in the generation of rhythmic discharges in medullary neurones.
    No preview · Article · Jan 1996 · International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
  • D Bingmann · R.E. Baker · D Ballantyne · D Jones · G Widman
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    ABSTRACT: The contribution of transmembrane calcium flux to the generation of periodic bioelectric activity in cultured organotypic medullary tissue of 6 day old rats was determined by adding calcium antagonists (CA) to the recording saline and by lowering the calcium concentration of this saline. Organic CA flunarizine and verapamil (50-100 mumol/l) reversibly suppressed rhythmic discharge and diminished the CO2 response of medullary neurones within 30-60 min. Inorganic CA cobalt and magnesium exerted the same effects within a few minutes. After lowering the calcium concentration rhythmic activity became unstable, but recovered on exposure to increased CO2 concentration, the excitatory effect of which was strongly reduced. These findings point to a significant role for transmembrane calcium flux and intracellular calcium concentration in sustaining both periodic activity and the CO2 response of medullary neurones.
    No preview · Article · Nov 1995 · Neuroscience Letters
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    Udo Bonnet · Dieter Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: Postsynaptic GABAA-responses of cortical neurones may be composed of an early 'somatic' hyperpolarization (h-GABAA) and a 'dendritic' depolarization (d-GABAA). In order to study underlying anion-fluxes the gradient of bicarbonate across the membrane of CA3-neurones in hippocampal slices (guinea-pig) was reduced by several manoeuvres (NH4-prepulse-technique, CO2/bicarbonate-withdrawal-technique, acetazolamide, DIDS). Each manoeuvre resulted in an attenuation of d-GABAA. The inhibition of a Cl-/bicarbonate-exchanger with DIDS could also weaken h-GABAA which was selectively impaired by ethacrynic acid--known to block an ATP-driven somatic Cl(-)-extrusion mechanism. In conclusion, bicarbonate-fluxes contribute to d-GABAA rather than to h-GABAA which is mainly driven by Cl(-)-fluxes. An uneven distribution of Cl(-)-extrusion mechanisms along the adult CA3-neurones is likely to build up the anion-gradients necessary to generate biphasic GABAA-responses.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 1995 · Neuroreport
  • Isaak Moraidis · Dieter Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: In order to analyze the epileptogenic mechanisms of caffeine and related xanthines, putative effects of these drugs were studied on adenosine receptors of CA3 neurons in hippocampal slices. Epileptogenic concentrations of different xanthine derivatives strongly correlated with their affinities for the inhibitory A1 adenosine receptor subtype. The A1 receptor agonists adenosine and R-PIA reversibly depressed xanthine-induced epileptic activity without effects on the resting membrane potential or on spontaneously occurring action potentials. These findings suggest that the epileptogenic potency of xanthines is primarily due to the blockade of the A1 receptors through an abnormal rise of intracellular cAMP and to the excessive transmembrane calcium fluxes underlying paroxysmal depolarization shifts.
    No preview · Article · Apr 1994 · Brain Research

  • No preview · Article · Feb 1994 · Bone
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    U Bonnet · D Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: Epileptogenic actions of convulsants are often attributed to weakened inhibitory synaptic mechanisms. This assumption was tested by studying GABA-induced postsynaptic membrane potential (MP) changes of CA3 neurones (guinea-pig) before and during exposure to bicuculline methoiodide (BMI), pentylenetetrazol (PTZ), penicillin (PEN) and caffeine (CAF). Under control conditions GABA ejections elicited polyphasic MP fluctuations (components I-III). After adding BMI, PTZ, PEN or CAF, early hyperpolarizations (component I) did not change at epileptogenic threshold concentrations. These convulsants, however, exerted differential effects on the depolarizing component II, but only threshold concentrations of penicillin strongly reduced the amplitude of this component. Simultaneously, component III was slightly accentuated. These findings indicate that changes of GABA responses are not an essential prerequisite for the generation of paroxysmal depolarizations.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 1993 · Neuroreport
  • K Schirrmacher · F Brümmer · R Düsing · D Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: Primary cultures of osteoblast-like cells (OB) derived from calvarial fragments of newborn rats and juvenile guinea pigs formed numerous gap junctions between neighboring cells in vitro. Intracellular injection of Lucifer yellow led to a staining of up to 30 adjacent cells. Parallel intracellular recordings showed that amplitudes of stimulated membrane potential changes (4-5 mV) were closely related between coupled cells. The coupling factor, which was derived from the ratio of these amplitudes, ranged between 0.1 and 0.8. The coupling factor (1) was not dependent on the membrane potential or the injected current strength; (2) strong acidosis (pH < 6.6) and hypercapnia (pCO2 > 80 mm Hg) did not affect electric or dye coupling; (3) elevation of intracellular cAMP level was ineffective; (4) rise of the extra- and intracellular Ca2+ concentration did not effect the electric coupling; (5) the anticonvulsant drugs carbamazepine and phenytoin impaired the coupling factor up to 59%. The findings show that cell-cell communication between OB via gap junctions proved stable under various conditions which, in other tissues, were found to reduce the coupling strength of gap junctions.
    No preview · Article · Jul 1993 · Calcified Tissue International
  • J Walden · H Grunze · A Mayer · R Düsing · K Schirrmacher · Z Liu · D Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: Carbamazepine (CBZ) is known to have beneficial effects in the treatment of epilepsies and in the prophylaxis of affective disorders. Since increased transmembrane calcium fluxes and intracellular calcium concentrations play a key role in the generation of epilepsies and possibly also in the development of these psychiatric disorders the effects of CBZ on epileptic discharges (elicited by caffeine, penicillin and low Mg2+) in CA3 neurons of hippocampal slices were compared with those of the organic calcium antagonist verapamil and found to be almost the same.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1993 · Neuropsychobiology
  • K Schirrmacher · A Mayer · J Walden · R Düsing · D Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of carbamazepine (CBZ) on action potentials and calcium currents in cultured rat sensory spinal ganglion cells were investigated. CBZ was found to reversibly suppress the calcium-dependent components of action potentials and to reduce the amplitude of the after-hyperpolarizations, while the rising phase and the peak amplitude were hardly changed. Furthermore, CBZ caused a marked reduction in the calcium currents, which in some cells was reversible. The present findings confirm that CBZ has calcium-antagonistic properties.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1993 · Neuropsychobiology
  • C Schormair · D Bingmann · W Wittkowski · E J Speckmann
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    ABSTRACT: In guinea pig hippocampal slices, relations between morphology and spontaneous bioelectric activity of neurons were studied in control saline and with exposure to the epileptogenic drug pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) for 2-3 h. Light and electron microscopic structures of the CA3 region were analysed after recording the membrane potential. Neurons in slices kept in control saline exhibited spontaneous aperiodic bioelectric activities partly mixed with rhythmically occurring burst discharges. In slices exposed to PTZ, these periodic burst discharges and/or paroxysmal depolarization shifts (PDS) predominated. Light microscopic comparison focussing on tissue preservation showed no significant differences between control and PTZ-treated slices. Ultrastructural morphology revealed, on the one hand, no differences regarding spine and synaptic densities, and on the other hand, significantly more irregular electron translucent vacuoles within dendrites of PTZ-treated slices being either randomly distributed or clustered. The vacuoles are interpreted as early changes during epileptic activity.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1993 · Brain Research Bulletin
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    Udo Bonnet · Dieter Bingmann

    Full-text · Article · Jan 1993 · Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology
  • K. Schirrmacher · H. Düsing · D. Bingmann

    No preview · Article · Jan 1993 · Klinische Neurophysiologie
  • J Walden · H Grunze · D Bingmann · Z Liu · R Düsing
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    ABSTRACT: Carbamazepine (CBZ) is used in neurology for the treatment of epilepsies and trigeminal neuralgia and in psychiatry for the prophylactic treatment of affective and schizoaffective psychoses. Since a common mechanism of epilepsies and affective psychoses might be increased intracellular calcium ion levels, CBZ action was analyzed in penicillin, caffeine and low Mg2+ induced model epilepsies which have been shown to be suppressed specifically by organic calcium antagonists. In CA3 and CA1 areas of hippocampal slice preparations of guinea pigs CBZ reduced paroxysmal depolarizations and extracellular field potentials (EFP) in a typical time and concentration dependent manner as it is known from calcium antagonists. Furthermore, subthreshold concentrations of the organic calcium antagonist verapamil intensified the action of CBZ. NMDA induced increases of the discharge rate of EFP were, however, unaffected by CBZ.
    No preview · Article · Jan 1993 · European Neuropsychopharmacology
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    ABSTRACT: The structure of gap junctions in osteoblast-like cells (OBs) and the connexins (cx) that build up these structures were characterized by ultrastructural, immunocytochemical, and molecular techniques. Ultrastructural studies revealed numerous gap junctions which were mostly located on processes of neighboring cells. Immunofluorescence labeling using two different antibodies (specific to mouse live cx26 and cx32 and to a peptide-specific rat heart gap junction protein cx43) gave evidence that in OBs, gap junctions consist mainly of cx43. The presence of cx43 in cultured OB was also confirmed by Western blot analysis. Dye-coupling with Lucifer yellow led to a staining of up to 30 neighboring cells. Parallel intracellular recordings showed that membrane potential amplitude changes (4-5 mV) are typically related to those in the coupled cells. Thus, there is morphological and functional evidence for intercellular communication between OB in culture. OBs in culture express the same connexins as observed in vivo and may serve as a model to investigate electrophysiological events in response to different stimulation signals.
    No preview · Article · Nov 1992 · Calcified Tissue International
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    D Bingmann · I Moraidis · U Bonnet · H Straub · E-J Speckmann

    Full-text · Chapter · Feb 1992
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    Udo Bonnet · Dieter Bingmann

    Full-text · Article · Jan 1992 · Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology
  • D Bingmann · R.E. Baker · D Ballantyne
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    ABSTRACT: Electrophysiological studies were carried out on long term cultured brainstem tissue taken from neonatal rats with the object of investigating mechanisms underlying respiratory rhythm generation. The preparations were derived from 360 microns thick horizontal medullary slices which were explanted into a chemically defined nutrient medium and which remained organotypically intact for ca. 1 month. In 44 of the 50 explants examined both periodic and aperiodic bioelectric activity was detected, the cycle length of the former ranging from 0.5 to 10 s (mean, 2.7 s) at a pH of 7.4 and bath temperature of 32 degrees C. Periodic activity could take several forms, but commonly consisted of regularly repeated, 100-300 ms long, depolarizing (D-) waves or sequences of inhibitory and/or excitatory postsynaptic potentials. Lowering the pH of the superfusate by lowering the bicarbonate concentration, increasing the pCO2 or adding H+ shortened the interval between periodic events, and increased both the amplitude and duration of the D-waves. The interval was also shortened when the bath temperature was increased (Q10: ca.2.5). The mean resting membrane potential of neurons exhibiting periodic activity was -49 mV (n = 62) and not significantly different from that of aperiodically discharging neurons either in the same preparations or in cultured explants from the neocortex. These observations suggest that brainstem cultures constitute a useful 'model' system for studying pH-dependent rhythm generation in small neuronal networks of the medulla.
    No preview · Article · Dec 1991 · Neuroscience Letters
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    ABSTRACT: Long-term cultures of organotypic neonatal rat neocortex slices were maintained in a serum-free medium supplemented with 25 mM potassium. Such cultures continue to be bioelectrically silent upon return to a 5 mM potassium medium. The absence of responses to pressure ejected gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) from neurons in treated explants suggests that one consequence of chronic depolarization is a reduction in the density of postsynaptic transmitter receptors. [3H]Muscimol binding to neocortical membrane preparations shows a large reduction in the binding of this agonist to GABAA receptors. These data show that the quantitative expression of at least one neurotransmitter receptor, the GABAA receptor, relies on voltage-dependent activity in developing neocortical neurons in vitro.
    No preview · Article · Oct 1991 · Neuroscience Letters
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    ABSTRACT: In order to analyze the elementary mechanisms underlying caffeine-induced epileptiform discharges, hippocampal slices of guinea pigs were exposed to this drug. When the bath concentration of caffeine exceeded 0.2 mM, periodically occurring paroxysmal depolarizations (PD) in CA3 neurons appeared. They were accompanied by declines of extracellular free calcium concentration and were suppressed by the organic calcium antagonists verapamil and flunarizine. PD-like fluctuations of the membrane potential could be evoked also in CA3 neurons functionally isolated by tetrodotoxin (TTX). The observations indicate that caffeine-induced PD are generated endogenously and that transmembranous calcium currents contribute to these mechanisms.
    No preview · Article · Sep 1991 · Neuroscience Letters
  • R.E. Baker · J.M. Ruijter · D Bingmann
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    ABSTRACT: In order to assess the effect of elevated magnesium, neuronal morphology and physiology was studied in chronically cultured organotypic neonatal rat occipital neocortex. Explants grown in 10 mM magnesium were found to experience an approximate 30% cell loss (as shown by cell count and DNA-protein analysis), while 12.5 and 15 mM magnesium showed ca. 47 and 60% cell losses, respectively. Intracellular recording from 10 mM magnesium explants revealed that measurable postsynaptic potentials and action potentials could occur, apparently depending on the type of cell examined. All post-synaptic activities ceased in 12.5 mM magnesium cultures, though action potentials could be elicited by current stimulation. The effects of known depolarizing agents, viz. potassium and N-methyl-D-aspartate, on 12.5 mM magnesium-grown explants were also examined. Explants grown in the presence of 12.5 mM magnesium plus 10 mM potassium showed a dramatic increase in the loss of neurons. The simultaneous addition of 6,7-dinitro-quinoxaline-2,3-dione showed this to be due to an increase in non-N-methyl-D-aspartate mediated cell death in response to glutamate release brought about by the depolarizing effects of the potassium. The addition of 10 microM N-methyl-D-aspartate to 12.5 mM magnesium-grown cultures, on the other hand, improved cell survival to control levels. The mechanism of this reciprocal neuroprotective effect of N-methyl-D-aspartate against magnesium has yet to be elucidated. We conclude that these findings are consistent with regard to the opposing actions of N-methyl-D-aspartate and magnesium on calcium influx and various metabolic processes within the explants.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1991 · International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience

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2k Citations
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  • 1990-2009
    • University of Duisburg-Essen
      • • Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (LVR)
      • • Faculty of Medicine
      Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 2001-2008
    • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
      • Faculty of Medicine
      Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    • University of Freiburg
      • Institute of Psychology
      Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1991-2007
    • University Hospital Essen
      • Institute of Physiology
      Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 2002
    • University of Applied Science and Arts Dortmund
      Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1988-1989
    • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
      • Poliklinik für Zahnärztliche Chirurgie
      Mayence, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • 1977-1989
    • University of Münster
      • • Institute for Physiology II
      • • Institute of Physiology
      • • Faculty of Medicine
      Muenster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany