PubMed 22986623

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Automatically associated channels: Nav1 , Nav1.6

Title: Resurgent-like currents in mouse vas deferens myocytes are mediated by NaV1.6 voltage-gated sodium channels.

Authors: Noriyoshi Teramoto, Hai-Lei Zhu, Mari Yotsu-Yamashita, Tetsuichiro Inai, Thomas C Cunnane

Journal, date & volume: Pflugers Arch., 2012 Nov , 464, 493-502

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Patch-clamp experiments were performed to investigate the molecular properties of resurgent-like currents in single smooth muscle cells dispersed from mouse vas deferens, utilizing both Na(V)1.6-null mice (Na(V)1.6(-/-)), lacking the expression of the Scn8a Na(+) channel gene, and their wild-type littermates (Na(V)1.6(+/+)). Na(V)1.6 immunoreactivity was clearly visible in dispersed smooth muscle cells obtained from Na(V)1.6(+/+), but not Na(V)1.6(-/-), vas deferens. Following a depolarization to +30 mV from a holding potential of -70 mV (to produce maximal inactivation of the Na(+) current), repolarization to voltages between -60 and +20 mV elicited a tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive inward current in Na(V)1.6(+/+), but not Na(V)1.6(-/-), vas deferens myocytes. The resurgent-like current in Na(V)1.6(+/+) vas deferens myocytes peaked at approximately -20 mV in the current-voltage relationship. The peak amplitude of the resurgent-like current remained at a constant level when the membrane potential was repolarized to -20 mV following the application of depolarizing rectangular pulses to more positive potentials than +20 mV. 4,9-Anhydrotetrodotoxin (4,9-anhydroTTX), a selective Na(V)1.6 blocking toxin, purified from a crude mixture of TTX analogues by LC-FLD techniques, reversibly suppressed the resurgent-like currents. β-Pompilidotoxin, a voltage-gated Na(+) channel activator, evoked sustained resurgent-like currents in Na(V)1.6(+/+) but not Na(V)1.6(-/-) murine vas deferens myocytes. These results strongly indicate that, primarily, resurgent-like currents are generated as a result of Na(V)1.6 channel activity.