PubMed 20054822

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Automatically associated channels: Nav1.6 , Slo1

Title: Characterization of NaV1.6-mediated Na+ currents in smooth muscle cells isolated from mouse vas deferens.

Authors: Hai-Lei Zhu, Atsushi Shibata, Tetsuichiro Inai, Masatoshi Nomura, Yosaburo Shibata, James A Brock, Noriyoshi Teramoto

Journal, date & volume: J. Cell. Physiol., 2010 Apr , 223, 234-43

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Patch-clamp experiments were performed to investigate the behavior of voltage-activated inward currents in vas deferens myocytes from Na(V)1.6-null mice (Na(V)1.6(-/-)) lacking the expression of the Na(+) channel gene, Scn8a, and their wild-type littermates (Na(V)1.6(+/+)). Immunohistochemistry confirmed expression of Na(V)1.6 in the muscle of Na(V)1.6(+/+), but not Na(V)1.6(-/-), vas deferens. PCR analysis revealed that the only beta(1)-subunit gene expressed in Na(V)1.6(+/+) vas deferens was Scn1b. In Na(V)1.6(+/+) myocytes, the threshold for membrane currents evoked by 20 msec voltage ramps (-100 mV to 60 mV) was -38.5 +/- 4.6 mV and this was shifted to a more positive potential (-31.2 +/- 4.9 mV) by tetrodotoxin (TTX). In Na(V)1.6(-/-) myocytes, the threshold was -30.4 +/- 3.4 mV and there was no TTX-sensitive current. The Na(+) current (I(Na)) in Na(V)1.6(+/+) myocytes had a bell-shaped current-voltage relationship that peaked at approximately -10 mV. Increasing the duration of the voltage ramps beyond 20 msec reduced the peak amplitude of I(Na). I(Na) displayed both fast (tau approximately 10 msec) and slow (tau approximately 1 sec) recovery from inactivation, the magnitude of the slow component increasing with the duration of the conditioning pulse (5-40 msec). During repetitive activation (5-40 msec pulses), I(Na) declined at stimulation frequencies > 0.5 Hz and at 10 Hz <or= 50% of the current remained. These findings indicate that I(Na) is due solely to Na(V)1.6 in Na(V)1.6(+/+) myocytes. The gating properties of these channels suggest they play a major role in regulating smooth muscle excitability, particularly in response to rapid depolarizing stimuli.