PubMed 11124217

Referenced in Channelpedia wiki pages of: none

Automatically associated channels: ClvC2 , ClvC4

Title: Differential transduction mechanisms underlying NaCl- and KCl-induced responses in mouse taste cells.

Authors: T Miyamoto, T Miyazaki, R Fujiyama, Y Okada, T Sato

Journal, date & volume: Chem. Senses, 2001 Jan , 26, 67-77

PubMed link:

The transduction mechanism of salt-induced responses of mouse taste cells was investigated using the patch clamp and the local stimulation techniques under quasi-natural conditions. Apically applied NaCl induced a voltage-independent current, which was partially suppressed by amiloride and Cd2+. In contrast, apically applied 0.5 M KCl induced an inwardly rectifying current (KCl-induced Iir). The KCl-induced Iir was unaffected by amiloride. The Iir was suppressed not only by external Ba2+ and Cs+, but also by a Cl- channel blocker, niflumic acid. The Er of the KCl-induced response was independent of the apical ionic concentration, but rather was close to the equilibrium potential of Cl- (E(Cl)) at the basolateral membrane. The KCl-induced Iir displayed a fast run-down under the conditions of the conventional whole cell clamp method, but not under the perforated patch conditions. Immunohistochemical localization of an inwardly rectifying Cl- channel protein, ClC-2, was observed in taste bud cells of the fungiform papillae. It is concluded that the transduction mechanism of NaCl-induced responses is completely different from that of KCl-induced responses in mouse taste cells.