Bundles of sheep ventricular fibers were voltage-clamped utilizing a modified sucrose gap technique and intracellular voltage control. An action potential was fired off in the usual way, and the clamp circuit was switched on at preselected times during activity. Clamping the membrane back to its resting potential during the early part of an action potential resulted in a surge of inward current. The initial amplitude of this current surge decreased as the clamp was switched on progressively later during the action potential. Inward current decreasing as a function of time was also recorded if the membrane potential was clamped beyond the presumed K equilibrium potential (to -130 mv). Clamping the membrane to the inside positive range (+40 mv to +60 mv) at different times of an action potential resulted in a step of outward current which was not time-dependent. The results suggest that normal repolarization of sheep ventricle depends on a time-dependent decrease of inward current (Na, Ca) rather than on a time-dependent increase of outward current (K).

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