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Sunday 01 August 2004

Mechanisms of low Na+-induced increase in intracellular calcium in KCl-depolarized rat cardiomyocytes.

By: Rathi SS, Saini HK, Xu YJ, Dhalla NS.

Mol Cell Biochem 2004 Aug;263(1-2):151-62

Although low Na+ is known to increase the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in cardiac muscle, the exact mechanisms of low Na+ -induced increases in [Ca2+]i are not completely defined. To gain information in this regard, we examined the effects of low Na+ (35 mM) on freshly isolated cardiomyocytes from rat heart in the absence and presence of different interventions. The [Ca2+]i in cardiomyocytes was measured fluorometrically with Fura-2 AM. Following a 10 min incubation, the low Na+ -induced increase in [Ca2+], was only observed in cardiomyocytes depolarized with 30 mM KCl, but not in quiescent cardiomyocytes. In contrast, low Na+ did not alter the ATP-induced increase in [Ca2+]i in the cardiomyocytes. This increase in [Ca2+]i due to low Na+ and elevated KCl was dependent on the extracellular concentration of Ca2+ (0.25-2.0 mM). The L-type Ca2+ -channel blockers, verapamil and diltiazem, at low concentrations (1 microM) depressed the low Na+, KCl-induced increase in [Ca2+]i without significantly affecting the response to low Na+ alone. The low Na+, high KCl-induced increase in [Ca2+]i was attenuated by treatments of cardiomyocytes with high concentrations of both verapamil (5 and 10 microM), and diltiazem (5 and 10 microM) as well as with amiloride (5-20 microM), nickel (1.25-5.0 mM), cyclopiazonic acid (25 and 50 microM) and thapsigargin (10 and 20 microM). On the other hand, this response was augmented by ouabain (1 and 2 mM) and unaltered by 5-(N-methyl-N-isobutyl) amiloride (5 and 10 microM). These data suggest that in addition to the sarcolemmal Na+ - Ca2+ exchanger, both sarcolemmal Na+ - K+ ATPase, as well as the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ -pump play prominent roles in the low Na+ -induced increase in [Ca2+]i.

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