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J Physiol. 2005 Sep 15;567(Pt 3):851-67. Epub 2005 Jul 7.

Protein kinase C mediates up-regulation of tetrodotoxin-resistant, persistent Na+ current in rat and mouse sensory neurones.

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Molecular Nociception Group, Department of Biology, Medawar Building, University College London, UK.


The tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-r) persistent Na(+) current, attributed to Na(V)1.9, was recorded in small (< 25 mum apparent diameter) dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurones cultured from P21 rats and from adult wild-type and Na(V)1.8 null mice. In conventional whole-cell recordings intracellular GTP-gamma-S caused current up-regulation, an effect inhibited by the PKC pseudosubstrate inhibitor, PKC19-36. The current amplitude was also up-regulated by 25 microM intracellular 1-oleoyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycerol (OAG) consistent with PKC involvement. In perforated-patch recordings, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) up-regulated the current, whereas membrane-permeant activators of protein kinase A (PKA) were without effect. PGE(2) did not acutely up-regulate the current. Conversely, both PGE(2) and PKA activation up-regulated the major TTX-r Na(+) current, Na(V)1.8. Extracellular ATP up-regulated the persistent current with an average apparent K(d) near 13 microM, possibly consistent with P2Y receptor activation. Numerical simulation of the up-regulation qualitatively reproduced changes in sensory neurone firing properties. The activation of PKC appears to be a necessary step in the GTP-dependent up-regulation of persistent Na(+) current.

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