PubMed 20649894

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.3

Title: Lymphocyte calcium influx characteristics and their modulation by Kv1.3 and IKCa1 channel inhibitors in healthy pregnancy and preeclampsia.

Authors: Gergely Toldi, Balázs Stenczer, András Treszl, Szonja Kollár, Attila Molvarec, Tivadar Tulassay, János Rigó, Barna Vásárhelyi

Journal, date & volume: Am. J. Reprod. Immunol., 2011 Feb , 65, 154-63

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Calcium handling of T lymphocytes is altered in healthy pregnancy (HP) and preeclampsia (PE) compared to non-pregnant (non-P) women. We compared the activation-elicited calcium influx in T lymphocytes in HP, PE and non-P women and tested its alteration upon inhibition of Kv1.3 and IKCa1 potassium channels.The alteration of calcium influx was measured in major T-lymphocyte subsets of 9 non-P, HP and PE women with flow cytometry with or without treatment of cells with potassium channel inhibitors.The elicited calcium response was lower in HP compared to non-P. In HP, calcium influx was sensitive to potassium channel inhibition in CD8 and Th1, but not in Th2 cells. In PE, calcium influx and its sensitivity to inhibition were comparable to non-P.There is a characteristic pattern of calcium influx in T lymphocytes and its sensitivity to potassium channel inhibition in HP that is missing in PE, raising the notion that T-lymphocyte calcium handling may have a role in the characteristic immune status of HP.