Large Conductance Ca2+-Activated K+ Channels in Human Meningioma Cells

Large Conductance Ca2+-Activated K+ Channels in Human Meningioma Cells Cells from ten human meningiomas were electrophysiologically characterized in both living tissue slices and primary cultures. In whole cells, depolarization to voltages higher than +80 mV evoked a large K+ outward current, which could be blocked by iberiotoxin (100 nm) and TEA (half blocking concentration IC50= 5.3 mm). Raising the internal Ca2+ from 10 nm to 2 mm shifted the voltage of half-maximum activation (V 1/2) of the K+ current from +106 to +4 mV. Respective inside-out patch recordings showed a voltage- and Ca2+-activated (BK Ca ) K+ channel with a conductance of 296 pS (130 mm K+ at both sides of the patch). V 1/2 of single-channel currents was +6, −12, −46, and −68 mV in the presence of 1, 10, 100, and 1000 μm Ca2+, respectively, at the internal face of the patch. In cell-attached patches the open probability (P o ) of BK Ca channels was nearly zero at potentials below +80 mV, matching the activation threshold for whole-cell K+ currents with 10 nm Ca2+ in the pipette. Application of 20 μm cytochalasin D increased P o of BK Ca channels in cell-attached patches within minutes. These data suggest that the activation of BK Ca channels in meningioma cells does not only depend on voltage and internal Ca2+ but is also controlled by the cytoskeleton. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

Large Conductance Ca2+-Activated K+ Channels in Human Meningioma Cells

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Springer-Verlag
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Copyright © Inc. by 2000 Springer-Verlag New York
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Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Human Physiology
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0022-2631
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1432-1424
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10.1007/s002320001052
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