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MODULATION OF CA2 INFLUX IN THE OVINE SOMATOTROPH BY GROWTH HORMONE-RELEASING FACTOR

C CHEN, IJ CLARKE

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 1995

Abstract

Voltage-gated Ca2+ currents were recorded using the nystatin-perforated whole cell recording configuration on the ovine somatotrophs. With the use of Ca(2+)-tetraethylammonium chloride bath solution and Cs+ electrode solution, two types of Ca2+ currents were obtained with a predominant long-lasting (L) current blocked by nifedipine. A transient (T) current was isolated in the presence of nifedipine (3 microM) and was not blocked by omega-conotoxin (5 microM), but diminished to 47 +/- 5% of control by Ni2+ (0.3 mM) or to 52 +/- 10% of control by amiloride (0.5 mM). The nifedipine-blockable L-type current was not affected by omega-conotoxin (5 microM); it was, however, attenuated to 80 +/- 4% ..

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