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Neuroscience. 1996 Jun;72(3):857-62.

Dexamethasone rapidly increases calcium channel subunit messenger RNA expression and high voltage-activated calcium current in clonal pituitary cells.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.


Glucocorticoid hormones increase voltage-gated Ca(2)+ current density in clonal pituitary cells. To test whether these steroids might stimulate expression of Ca(2)+ channel genes, messenger RNase protection assays were used to measure alpha IC and alpha ID RNAs that encode pore-forming subunits of L-type Ca2+ channels. We show here that dexamethasone rapidly increases alpha IC messenger RNA expression without affecting alpha ID messenger RNA level. This up-regulation of channel messenger RNA is also produced by natural glucocorticoids and is blocked by the glucocorticoid antagonist Ru48386. The up-regulation of the channel subunit messenger RNA expression is associated with an increase in high voltage-activated Ca(2)+ current density. Thus, glucocorticoids may produce a long-term effect on Ca(2)+ homeostasis in clonal pituitary cells by differentially regulating expression of Ca(2)+ channel subunit genes.

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