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Characterization of single L-type Ca2+ channels in myocytes isolated from the cricket lateral oviduct.

Authors
  • Numata, T
  • Yoshino, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of comparative physiology. B, Biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology
Publication Date
May 01, 2005
Volume
175
Issue
4
Pages
257–263
Identifiers
PMID: 15900506
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The single Ca2+ channel activity was obtained from cell-attached patch recordings with the use of pipettes filled with 100 mM Ba2+ as the charge carrier in myocytes isolated from the lateral oviduct of cricket Gryllus bimaculatus. The following results were obtained. (1) The channel had a unitary conductance of 18 pS. (2) The open time histogram of the channel could be fitted with a single exponential while the closed time histogram could be fitted with the sum of two exponentials, suggesting that there are at least one open state and two closed states for this channel. (3) The open probability of the channel increased with increasing membrane depolarization. (4) The mean current reconstructed by averaging individual current trace responses inactivated slowly and the current-voltage relationship for the peak mean current showed a bell-shaped relation. (5) The dihydropyridine (DHP) Ca2+ antagonist, nifedipine, reduced the mean current by increasing the proportion of "blank" sweeps. On the other hand, the DHP Ca2+ agonist, Bay K 8644, increased the mean current by increasing the mean open-times of the channel. These results confirm a presence of DHP-sensitive L-type Ca2+ channel in myocytes isolated from the lateral oviduct of cricket G. bimaculatus.

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