PubMed 24909513

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Automatically associated channels: Nav1 , Nav1.2

Title: Metergoline inhibits the neuronal Nav1.2 voltage-dependent Na(+) channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes.

Authors: Jun-Ho Lee, Jian Liu, Minkyu Shin, Moochang Hong, Seung-Yeol Nah, Hyunsu Bae

Journal, date & volume: Acta Pharmacol. Sin., 2014 Jul , 35, 862-8

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Metergoline is an ergot-derived psychoactive drug that acts as a ligand for serotonin and dopamine receptors. The aim of this study was to investigate the regulatory effects of metergoline on the neuronal Nav1.2 voltage-dependent Na(+) channels in vitro.Xenopus oocytes were injected with cRNAs encoding rat brain Nav1.2 α and β1 subunits. Voltage-activated Na(+) currents were recorded using two-electrode voltage clamp technique. Drugs were applied though perfusion.Both metergoline and lidocaine reversibly and concentration-dependently inhibited the peak of Na(+) currents with IC50 values of 3.6 ± 4.2 and 916.9 ± 98.8 μmol/L, respectively. Metergoline (3 μmol/L) caused a 6.8 ± 1.2 mV depolarizing shift of the steady-state activation curve of the Na(+) currents, and did not alter the inactivation curve. In contrast, lidocaine (3 μmol/L) caused a 12.7 ± 1.2 mV hyperpolarizing shift of the inactivation curve of the Na(+) currents without changing the steady-state activation curve. Both metergoline and lidocaine produced tonic and use-dependent inhibition on the peak of Na(+) currents.Metergoline exerts potent inhibition on the activity of neuronal Nav1.2 channels, which may contribute to its actions on the central nervous system.