PubMed 19949838

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Automatically associated channels: BK

Title: IL-1beta modulate the Ca(2+)-activated big-conductance K channels (BK) via reactive oxygen species in cultured rat aorta smooth muscle cells.

Authors: Yuan Gao, Ying Yang, Qigang Guan, Xuefeng Pang, Haishan Zhang, Dingyin Zeng

Journal, date & volume: Mol. Cell. Biochem., 2010 May , 338, 59-68

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The large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channel, abundantly expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells, plays a critical role in controlling vascular tone. Activation of BK channels leads to membrane hyperpolarization and promotes vasorelaxation. BK channels are activated either by elevation of the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration or by membrane depolarization. It is also regulated by a diversity of vasodilators and vasoconstrictors. Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) is one of the cytokines that play important roles in the development and progression of a variety of cardiovascular diseases. The effects of IL-1beta on vascular reactivity are controversial, and little is known about the modulation of BK channel function by IL-1beta. In this study, we investigated how IL-1beta modulates BK channel function in cultured arterial smooth muscle cells (ASMCs), and examined the role of H(2)O(2) in the process. We demonstrated that IL-1beta had biphasic effects on BK channel function and membrane potential of ASMCs, that is both concentration and time dependent. IL-1beta increased BK channel-dependent K(+) current and hyperpolarized ASMCs when applied for 30 min. While long-term (24-48 h) treatment of IL-1beta resulted in decreased expression of alpha-subunit of BK channel, suppressed BK channel activity, decreased BK channel-dependent K(+) current and depolarization of the cells. H(2)O(2) scavenger catalase completely abolished the early effect of IL-1beta, while it only partly diminished the long-term effect of IL-1beta. These results may provide important molecular mechanisms for therapeutic strategies targeting BK channel in inflammation-related diseases.