PubMed 16553610

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Automatically associated channels: Cav2.2

Title: Indirect activation of neuronal noncapacitative Ca2+ entry is the final step involved in the neurotoxic effect of Tityus serrulatus scorpion beta-toxin.

Authors: Françoise Grolleau, Maria Stankiewicz, Ewa Kielbasiewicz, Marie-France Martin-Eauclaire, Céline Lavialle, Jan De Vente, Bruno Lapied

Journal, date & volume: Eur. J. Neurosci., 2006 Mar , 23, 1465-78

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Interweaving strategies of electrophysiology, calcium imaging and immunocytochemistry bring new insights into the mode of action of the Brazilian scorpion Tityus serrulatusbeta-toxin VII. Pacemaker dorsal unpaired median neurons isolated from the cockroach central nervous system were used to study the effects of toxin VII. In current-clamp, 50 nm toxin VII produced a membrane depolarization and reduced spiking. At 200 nM, depolarization associated with multiphasic effects was seen. After artificial hyperpolarization, plateau potentials on which spontaneous electrical activity appeared were observed. In voltage clamp, toxin VII induced a negative shift of the voltage dependence of sodium current activation without significant effect on steady-state inactivation. In addition, toxin VII produced a permanent TTX-sensitive holding inward current, indicating that background sodium channels were targeted by beta-toxin. Cell-attached patch recordings indicated that these channels were switched from unclustered single openings to current fluctuating between distinct subconductance levels exhibiting increased open probability and open-time distribution. Toxin VII also produced a TTX-sensitive [Ca2+]i rise. Immunostaining with Cav2.2(alpha1b) antibodies and calcium imaging data obtained with omega-CgTx GVIA indicated that N-type high-voltage-activated calcium channels initiated calcium influx and were an essential intermediate in the pathway linking toxin VII-modified sodium channels to the activation of an additional route for calcium entry. By using inhibitors of (i) noncapacitative calcium entry (inhibitor LOE-908), (ii) NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (ODQ) and (iii) phosphodiesterase 2 (EHNA), together with cGMP antibodies, we demonstrated that noncapacitative calcium entry was the final step in a complex combination of events that was initiated by toxin VII-alteration of sodium channels and then involved successive activation of other membrane ion channels.