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Neuron. 1991 Jun;6(6):859-67.

A diffusible second messenger mediates one of the pathways coupling receptors to calcium channels in rat sympathetic neurons.

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Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.


Muscarinic and alpha-adrenergic suppression of current through Ca2+ channels was studied in adult rat superior cervical ganglion neurons using whole-cell and cell-attached configurations of the patch-clamp technique. Oxotremorine methiodide suppressed ICa by both a rapid (much less than 1 s) and a slow (greater than 4 s) process, whereas norepinephrine suppressed ICa only by a rapid process. The slow muscarinic suppression could be prevented by adding 20 mM BAPTA, a Ca2+ chelator, to the recording pipette, whereas the adrenergic suppression was not affected. Muscarinic, but not alpha-adrenergic, receptors can couple to Ca2+ channels by a second messenger capable of diffusing into an on-cell patch. This signal seems not to be carried by intracellular Ca2+, cGMP, cAMP, or protein kinase C.

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