The role of endogenous β subunits of the L-type Ca channel in native cardiac ventricular myocytes is unclear. We have therefore investigated the effect of inhibiting β subunit expression in rat myocytes, by culturing isolated myocytes for 24 h with either antisense oligonucleotide against the β subunit or with scrambled oligonucleotide (control). α1 subunit expression and distribution were then determined by immunolabeling, and L-type Ca current measured using the whole cell patch-clamp technique. Cells treated with antisense showed increased perinuclear staining for α1, decreased Ca current amplitude and a small rightward shift of the activation curve and the I-V relation, with no significant effect on inactivation. These data suggest that endogenous β subunits in native cardiac myocytes help to traffic the α1 subunit to the cell membrane and thus play a major role in determining Ca current amplitude.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Jan 2007|
- β Subunit
- Calcium current
- Cardiac myocytes
- L-type Ca channel