Vitamin C Pretreatment Attenuates Hypoxia-Induced Disturbance of Sodium Currents in Guinea Pig Ventricular Myocytes

Vitamin C Pretreatment Attenuates Hypoxia-Induced Disturbance of Sodium Currents in Guinea Pig... As an important in vivo antioxidant, vitamin C is commonly used clinically to alleviate hypoxia-induced heart symptoms. To approach the protective mechanisms of vitamin C on hearts during hypoxia, we investigated the electrophysiological effects of vitamin C (1 mM, pretreated before hypoxia) on Na+ currents (including transient and persistent Na+ currents) in guinea pig ventricular myocytes during hypoxia by the whole-cell and single-channel patch-clamp techniques. Whole-cell recordings showed that the mean current density of I NaT in the hypoxia group decreased from the control value of 40.2142 ± 1.7735 to 27.1663 ± 1.8441 pA/pF and current density of I NaP increased from 0.3987 ± 0.0474 to 1.1854 ± 01994 pA/pF (n = 9, P < 0.05 vs. control) at 15 min. However, when vitamin C was administered before hypoxia as pretreatment, I NaT and I NaP varied moderately (mean current density of I NaT decreasing from 41.6038 ± 2.9762 to 34.6341 ± 1.9651 pA/pF and current density of I NaP increasing from 0.3843 ± 0.0636 to 0.6734 ± 0.1057 pA/pF; n = 9, P < 0.05 vs. hypoxia group). Single-channel recordings (cell-patched) showed that the mean open probability and open time of I NaP increased significantly in both groups at hypoxia 15 min. However, the increased current values of the hypoxia group were still marked at hypoxia 15 min (n = 9, P < 0.05 vs. vitamin C + hypoxia group). Our results indicate that vitamin C can attenuate the disturbed effects of hypoxia on Na+ currents (I NaT and I NaP) of cardiac myocytes in guinea pigs effectively. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

Vitamin C Pretreatment Attenuates Hypoxia-Induced Disturbance of Sodium Currents in Guinea Pig Ventricular Myocytes

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Springer-Verlag
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Copyright © 2006 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Life Sciences; Human Physiology; Biochemistry, general
ISSN
0022-2631
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1432-1424
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00232-005-7014-8
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Abstract

As an important in vivo antioxidant, vitamin C is commonly used clinically to alleviate hypoxia-induced heart symptoms. To approach the protective mechanisms of vitamin C on hearts during hypoxia, we investigated the electrophysiological effects of vitamin C (1 mM, pretreated before hypoxia) on Na+ currents (including transient and persistent Na+ currents) in guinea pig ventricular myocytes during hypoxia by the whole-cell and single-channel patch-clamp techniques. Whole-cell recordings showed that the mean current density of I NaT in the hypoxia group decreased from the control value of 40.2142 ± 1.7735 to 27.1663 ± 1.8441 pA/pF and current density of I NaP increased from 0.3987 ± 0.0474 to 1.1854 ± 01994 pA/pF (n = 9, P < 0.05 vs. control) at 15 min. However, when vitamin C was administered before hypoxia as pretreatment, I NaT and I NaP varied moderately (mean current density of I NaT decreasing from 41.6038 ± 2.9762 to 34.6341 ± 1.9651 pA/pF and current density of I NaP increasing from 0.3843 ± 0.0636 to 0.6734 ± 0.1057 pA/pF; n = 9, P < 0.05 vs. hypoxia group). Single-channel recordings (cell-patched) showed that the mean open probability and open time of I NaP increased significantly in both groups at hypoxia 15 min. However, the increased current values of the hypoxia group were still marked at hypoxia 15 min (n = 9, P < 0.05 vs. vitamin C + hypoxia group). Our results indicate that vitamin C can attenuate the disturbed effects of hypoxia on Na+ currents (I NaT and I NaP) of cardiac myocytes in guinea pigs effectively.

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The Journal of Membrane BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 14, 2006

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