A Long-Term Blockade of L-Type Calcium Currents Upregulates the Number of Ca2+ Channels in Skeletal Muscle

A Long-Term Blockade of L-Type Calcium Currents Upregulates the Number of Ca2+ Channels in... The effects of a long-term blockade of L-type Ca2+ channels on membrane currents and on the number of dihydropyridine binding sites were investigated in skeletal muscle fibers. Ca2+ currents (I Ca) and intramembrane charge movement were monitored using a voltage-clamp technique. The peak amplitude of I Ca increased by more than 40% in fibers that were previously incubated for 24 hr in solutions containing the organic Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine or in Ca2+-free conditions. A similar incubation period with Cd2+, an inorganic blocker, produced a moderate increase of 20% in peak I Ca. The maximum mobilized charge (Q max) increased by 50% in fibers preincubated in Ca2+-free solutions or in the presence of Cd2+. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

A Long-Term Blockade of L-Type Calcium Currents Upregulates the Number of Ca2+ Channels in Skeletal Muscle

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Springer-Verlag
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Copyright © Inc. by 1999 Springer-Verlag New York
Subject
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Human Physiology
ISSN
0022-2631
eISSN
1432-1424
D.O.I.
10.1007/s002329900504
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Abstract

The effects of a long-term blockade of L-type Ca2+ channels on membrane currents and on the number of dihydropyridine binding sites were investigated in skeletal muscle fibers. Ca2+ currents (I Ca) and intramembrane charge movement were monitored using a voltage-clamp technique. The peak amplitude of I Ca increased by more than 40% in fibers that were previously incubated for 24 hr in solutions containing the organic Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine or in Ca2+-free conditions. A similar incubation period with Cd2+, an inorganic blocker, produced a moderate increase of 20% in peak I Ca. The maximum mobilized charge (Q max) increased by 50% in fibers preincubated in Ca2+-free solutions or in the presence of Cd2+.

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The Journal of Membrane BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 15, 1999

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