G protein-mediated inhibitory effect of a nitric oxide donor on the L-type Ca2+ current in rat ventricular myocytes

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  • Najah Abi-Gerges,

    1. Laboratoire de Cardiologie Cellulaire & Moléculaire, INSERM U-446, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université Paris-Sud, F-92296 Châtenay-Malabry, France
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  • Rodolphe Fischmeister,

    1. Laboratoire de Cardiologie Cellulaire & Moléculaire, INSERM U-446, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université Paris-Sud, F-92296 Châtenay-Malabry, France
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  • Pierre-François Méry

    1. Laboratoire de Cardiologie Cellulaire & Moléculaire, INSERM U-446, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université Paris-Sud, F-92296 Châtenay-Malabry, France
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Corresponding author N. Abi-Gerges: INSERM U-446, Laboratoire de Cardiologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire, Université Paris-Sud, Faculté de Pharmacie, 5 rue Jean-Baptiste Clément, F-92296 Châtenay-Malabry Cedex, France., Email: naja.abi-g@cep.u-psud.fr

Abstract

  • 1The role of the cGMP pathway in the modulation of the cardiac L-type Ca2+ current (ICa,L) by nitric oxide (NO) was examined in rat ventricular myocytes.
  • 2The NO donors DEANO, SIN-1, SNP, SNAP and GSNO had no significant effects on basal ICa,L. However, DEANO (100 μM) inhibited ICa,L after the current had been previously stimulated by either isoprenaline (Iso, 1-10 nM), a β-adrenergic agonist, or isobutylmethyl-xanthine (IBMX, 10-80 μM), a wide spectrum phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor.
  • 3The anti-adrenergic effect of DEANO on ICa,L was not mimicked by other NO donors (SIN-1, SNAP and SPNO).
  • 4The NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase inhibitor ODQ (10 μM), antagonized the inhibitory effect of DEANO on ICa,L. Likewise, inhibitors of the cGMP-dependent protein kinase (cG-PK), Rp-8-chloro-phenylthio-cGMP (10 μM) and KT5823 (0.1 and 0.3 μM), also abolished the inhibitory effect of DEANO on Iso (1-10 nM)-stimulated ICa,L.
  • 5Intracellular dialysis with exogenous cAMP (10-100 μM) blunted the inhibitory effect of DEANO (10 and 100 μM) on ICa,L. SNAP and SNP also had no effect on the cAMP-stimulated ICa,L.
  • 6Pre-treatment of the myocytes with pertussis toxin (0.5 μg ml−1, 4-6 h at 37 °C) eliminated the inhibitory effect of DEANO (100 μM) on ICa,L, in the presence of either Iso (0.01 and 1 nM) or IBMX (10-80 μM).
  • 7These results demonstrate that DEANO produces anti-adrenergic effects in rat ventricular myocytes. This effect of DEANO occurs in a cGMP-dependent manner, and involves activation of cG-PK and regulation of a pertussis toxin-sensitive G protein.

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