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Mol Cell Biochem. 1996 Oct-Nov;163-164:99-106.

In-vivo phosphorylation of the cardiac L-type calcium channel beta-subunit in response to catecholamines.

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Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Cardiology Section, Berlin-Buch, Germany.


In canine myocardium, the beta-subunit of the L-type Ca2+ channel is phosphorylated by cAMP dependent protein kinase in vitro as well as in vivo (Haase et al. FEBS Lett 335: 217-222, 1993). We have assessed the identity of the beta-subunit as well as its in vivo phosphorylation in representative experimental groups of catecholamine-challenged canine hearts. Adrenergic stimulation by high doses of both noradrenaline and isoprenaline induced rapid (within 20 sec) and nearly complete phosphorylation of the Ca2+ channel beta-subunit. Phosphorylation in vivo was about 4-fold higher as compared to untreated controls. When related to catecholamine-depleted (reserpine-treated) hearts noradrenaline and isoprenaline increased the in vivo phosphorylation of the beta-subunit even 8-fold. This phosphorylation correlated positively with tissue levels of cAMP, endogenous particulated cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) and the rate of contractile force development dP/dtmax. The results imply the involvement of a PKA-mediated phosphorylation of the Ca2+ channel beta-subunit in the adrenergic stimulation of intact canine myocardium.

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