Journal article

Growth hormone-releasing hormone decreases voltage-gated potassium currents in GH4C1 cells

R Xu, IJ Clarke, S Chen, C Chen

JOURNAL OF NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2000

Abstract

The electrophysiological properties of anterior pituitary somatotropes integrally involve the function of voltage-gated K+ currents. In this study, we have used GH4C1 cell lines to investigate the effect of human GHRH on voltage-gated K+ currents. Because of a clear 'rundown' of the K+ current with classic whole cell recording (WCR) without ATP in pipette solution, nystatin-perforated WCR was the major recording configuration used. Using a low Ca2+ (0.5 mM) bath solution containing Co2+ (1 mM) and TTX (1 microM), GH4 cells predominantly exhibited an outward delayed rectifier K+ current (IK). Local application of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) (100 nM) reversibly reduced the amplitud..

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