Modified autonomic regulation in mice with a P/Q-type calcium channel mutation

Takayoshi Ohba, Eiki Takahashi, Manabu Murakami

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Recent genetic analyses revealed an important association between P/Q-type channels and hereditary neurological disorders. The α1 subunit of P/Q-type channels is coded by a single CaV2.1 gene. Since calcium entry via neuronal calcium channels is essential for neurotransmission, P/Q-type channels may play an important role in cardiac autonomic neurotransmission. To elucidate the physiological importance of P/Q-type channels in autonomic nerve control, we used rolling Nagoya (tgrol) mice, which have a mutation in the CaV2.1 gene and decreased P/Q-type channel currents with reduced voltage sensitivity. The tgrol mice demonstrated unmodified expression of other calcium channel subunits. Electrocardiogram and echocardiographic analyses revealed decreased heart rate. Furthermore, ω-agatoxin IVA, a P/Q-type channel inhibitor, decreased heart rate and ejection fraction only in wild-type mice, thus suggesting a significant involvement of P/Q-type channels in chronotropic regulation. Atrium contraction analyses revealed a minor but significant role for P/Q-type channels in sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 27 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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