Hypertension Research
Online ISSN : 1348-4214
Print ISSN : 0916-9636
ISSN-L : 0916-9636
Voltage-Dependent Ca2+ Channels in Resistance Arteries from Dahl Salt-Sensitive Rats
Yusuke OHYAKoji FUJIIKimika ETOIsao ABEMasatoshi FUJISHIMA
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2000 Volume 23 Issue 6 Pages 701-707


To determine whether chronic salt-loading would alter voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels in resistance arteries of Dahl salt-sensitive rats, whole-cell voltage-clamp experiments were performed on single cells that were isolated from small mesenteric arteries. Dahl salt-sensitive rats were fed either an 8% NaCl diet (high-NaCl group) or a 0.3% NaCl diet (low-NaCl group) from the age of 6 or 7 weeks. After 4 to 5 weeks, systolic blood pressure was significantly higher in the high-NaCl group than in the low-NaCl group. In the high-NaCl group, the threshold potential for Ca2+ channel current was more negative and the current amplitude that was normalized by cell capacitance was higher at negative command potentials (-40mV to -20mV), as compared with the low-NaCl group. When the current was separated into fast transient current and slow sustained (L-type) current, the alteration in the high-NaCl group was attributable to the change in L-type current. The steady-state inactivation curve was not different between the high-NaCl and low-NaCl groups. In conclusion, L-type Ca2+ channels in resistance arteries of Dahl salt-sensitive rats became more available for opening near the resting potential after dietary salt-loading. (Hypertens Res 2000; 23: 701-707)

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