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Eur J Pharmacol. 2004 May 3;491(2-3):111-20.

Selective block of swelling-activated Cl- channels over cAMP-dependent Cl- channels in ventricular myocytes.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4H7.


The objective of this study on guinea-pig and rabbit ventricular myocytes was to evaluate the sensitivities of swelling-activated Cl- current (ICl(swell)) and cAMP-dependent cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) Cl- current (ICl(CFTR)) to block by dideoxyforskolin and verapamil. The currents were recorded from whole-cell configured myocytes that were dialysed with a Cs+-rich pipette solution and superfused with either isosmotic Na+-, K+-, Ca2+-free solution that contained 140 mM sucrose or hyposmotic sucrose-free solution. Forskolin-activated ICl(CFTR) was inhibited by reference blocker anthracene-9-carboxylic acid but unaffected by < or = 200 microM dideoxyforskolin and verapamil. However, dideoxyforskolin and verapamil had strong inhibitory effects on outwardly-rectifying, inactivating, distilbene-sensitive ICl(swell); IC50 values were approximately 30 microM, and blocks were voltage-independent and reversible. The results establish that dideoxyforskolin and verapamil can be used to distinguish between ICl(CFTR) and ICl(swell) in heart cells, and expand the pharmacological characterization of cardiac ICl(swell).

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