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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Mar 24;341(4):931-7. Epub 2006 Jan 23.

Direct inhibition of a PKA inhibitor, H-89 on KV channels in rabbit coronary arterial smooth muscle cells.

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Department of Physiology and National Research Laboratory for Cellular Signaling, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


We examined the effects of the protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor H-89 on voltage-dependent K(+) (K(V)) currents in freshly isolated rabbit coronary arterial smooth muscle cells, using a whole-cell patch clamp technique. H-89 inhibited the K(V) current in a concentration-dependent manner, with a K(d) value of 1.02 microM. However, the PKA inhibitors KT 5720 and Rp-8-CPT-cAMPS did not significantly alter the K(V) current or the inhibitory effects of H-89 on the K(V) current. Moreover, H-85, a structurally similar but inactive analog of H-89, showed similar inhibitory effects on the K(V) channel. H-89 had no effect on the voltage-dependency of activation or inactivation, or on recovery kinetics. These results suggest that in rabbit coronary arterial smooth muscle cells, H-89 inhibits the K(V) current directly by blocking the pore cavity, an effect independent of PKA inhibition.

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