The action of chlordimeform on the nerve-muscle preparation of the larvae of the waxmoth Galleria mellonella has been studied by means of microelectrodes. Exitatory junction potential evoked by nerve stimulation is reversibly suppressed by 2 × 10-3 M chlordimeform, and spike-like component is abolished. The resting membrane potential of the muscle fibre and the action potential from the nerve terminal are not affected at 5 × 10-3 M chlordimeform. The depolarizing membrane response caused by outward current and the effective membrane resistance are not appreciably affected. It appears that chlordimeform exerts its blocking action on the neuromuscular junction rather than the conductance mechanism of muscle fibre membrane.
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- Insect Science