PubMed 10330239

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Automatically associated channels: SK1 , SK2 , SK3 , Slo1

Title: Properties and expression of Ca2+-activated K+ channels in H9c2 cells derived from rat ventricle.

Authors: W Wang, M Watanabe, T Nakamura, Y Kudo, R Ochi

Journal, date & volume: Am. J. Physiol., 1999 May , 276, H1559-66

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H9c2 is a clonal myogenic cell line derived from embryonic rat ventricle that can serve as a surrogate for cardiac or skeletal muscle in vitro. Using whole cell clamp with H9c2 myotubes, we observed that depolarizing pulses activated slow outward K+ currents and then slow tail currents. The K+ currents were abolished in a Ca2+-free external solution, indicating that they were Ca2+-activated K+ currents. They were blocked by apamin, a small-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK) channel antagonist (IC50 = 6.2 nM), and by d-tubocurarine (IC50 = 49.4 microM). Activation of SK channels exhibited a bell-shaped voltage dependence that paralleled the current-voltage relation for L-type Ca2+ currents (ICa,L). ICa,L exhibited a slow time course similar to skeletal ICa, L, were unaffected by apamin, and were only slightly depressed by d-tubocurarine. RT-PCR analysis of the mRNAs revealed that rSK3, but not rSK1 or rSK2, was expressed in H9c2 myotubes but not in myoblasts. These results suggest that rSK3 channels are expressed in H9c2 myotubes and are primarily activated by ICa,L directly or indirectly via Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum.