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Brain Res. 1997 Jul 11;762(1-2):235-9.

G-proteins are involved in riluzole inhibition of high voltage-activated calcium channels in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons.

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Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.


Effects of riluzole on high voltage-activated (HVA) calcium channels of rat dorsal root ganglion neurons were studied using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Riluzole at 30 microM inhibited the HVA currents. The onset and offset of riluzole inhibitory effect were slow usually taking more than 3 min. Riluzole inhibition of the HVA currents was abolished and partially reduced by addition of 500 microM GDP-beta-S and 1 mM N-ethylmaleimide, respectively, to the pipette solution. Pre-treatment with pertussis toxin or application of depolarizing pre-pulses did not affect riluzole's inhibitory effect on the HVA currents. Riluzole inhibition of the HVA currents was also blocked by internal application of 50 microg/ml protein kinase A inhibitory peptide. It was concluded that pertussis toxin-insensitive G-proteins and protein kinase A may be involved in riluzole inhibition of the HVA currents.

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