Author(s): Kaibara M, Mitarai S, Yano K, Kameyama M, Kaibara M, Mitarai S, Yano K, Kameyama M
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Abstract The present study investigated the possible involvement of a Na(+)-H+ antiporter in the regulation of L-type Ca2+ channels by angiotensin II (Ang II) in isolated rabbit ventricular cardiac myocytes by using both cell-attached and whole-cell patch-clamp current recording techniques. In cell-attached patch-clamp current recordings, an increase in the open-state probability of the Ca2+ channel (144.8 +/- 9.8\% [mean +/- SEM], n = 11) was seen after exposure of the cells to Ang II (100 nmol/L). This effect was inhibited by pretreatment with losartan (10 mumol/L), a synthetic antagonist of the AT1 receptor. 5(N,N-Dimethyl)amiloride (100 mumol/L), an amiloride analogue, as well as Na(+)-deficient bath solution abolished Ang II-induced stimulation of the Ca2+ channel activities. In whole-cell patch-clamp current recordings, Ang II also increased the L-type Ca2+ current when a pipette solution of pH 7.1 containing 5 mmol/L HEPES (139 +/- 5\%, n = 4) was used but did not significantly increase the current when a pipette solution of pH 7.5 containing 5 mmol/L HEPES or a pipette solution of pH 7.1 containing 30 mmol/L HEPES was used. These results suggest that Ang II-induced stimulation of the Ca2+ channels is mediated by a Na(+)-H+ antiporter and therefore provide a novel insight into signal transduction of Ang II receptor stimulation in cardiac myocytes.
This article was published in Circ Res
and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine