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 We have examined the effects of high concentrations of cholinergic
agonists on currents through single acetylcholine receptor (AChR)
channels  on clonal BC3H1 cells. We find that raised concentrations of
acetylcholine   (ACh; above 300 microM) or carbamylcholine (Carb; above
1,000 microM)   produce a voltage- and concentration-dependent reduction
in the mean       single-channel current. Raised concentrations of
suberyldicholine (Sub;    above 3 microM) produce a voltage- and
concentration-dependent increase in  the number of brief duration
low-conductance interruptions of open-channel currents. These
observations can be quantitatively described by a model in which agonist
molecules enter and transiently occlude the ion-channel of  the AChR.

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