Molecular and biophysical properties of voltage-gated Na+ channels in murine vas deferens

Hai Lei Zhu, Manami Aishima, Hidetaka Morinaga, Richard D. Wassall, Atsushi Shibata, Kazuomi Iwasa, Masatoshi Nomura, Masaya Nagao, Katsuo Sueishi, Thomas C. Cunnane, Noriyoshi Teramoto

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The biological and molecular properties of tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive voltage-gated Na+ currents (INa) in murine vas deferens myocytes were investigated using patch-clamp techniques and molecular biological analyses. In whole-cell configuration, a fast, transient inward current was evoked in the presence of Cd2+, and was abolished by TTX (K d = 11.2 nM), mibefradil (Kd=3.3 μM), and external replacement of Na+ with monovalent cations (TEA+, Tris+, and NMDG+). The fast transient inward current was enhanced by veratridine, an activator of voltage-gated Na+ channels, suggesting that the fast transient inward current was a TTX-sensitive I Na. The values for half-maximal (Vhalf) inactivation and activation of INa were -46.3 mV and -26.0 mV, respectively. RT-PCR analysis revealed the expression of Scn1a, 2a, and 8a transcripts. The Scn8a transcript and the α-subunit protein of NaV1.6 were detected in smooth muscle layers. Using NaV1.6-null mice (NaV1.6 -/-) lacking the expression of the Na+ channel gene, Scn8a, INa were not detected in dispersed smooth muscle cells from the vas deferens, while TTX-sensitive INa were recorded in their wild-type (NaV1.6+/+) littermates. This study demonstrates that the molecular identity of the voltage-gated Na+ channels responsible for the TTX-sensitive INa in murine vas deferens myocytes is primarily NaV1.6.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3340-3351
Number of pages12
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2008

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  • Biophysics


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