Ca2+ channel-sarcoplasmic reticulum coupling: a mechanism of arterial myocyte contraction without Ca2+ influx.

Laboratorio de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Departamento de Fisiología and Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, Universidad de Sevilla, E-41013, Seville, Spain.
The EMBO Journal (Impact Factor: 10.75). 10/2003; 22(17):4337-45. DOI: 10.1093/emboj/cdg432
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ABSTRACT Contraction of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) depends on the rise of cytosolic [Ca2+] owing to either Ca2+ influx through voltage-gated Ca2+ channels of the plasmalemma or receptor-mediated Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). We show that voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in arterial myocytes mediate fast Ca2+ release from the SR and contraction without the need of Ca2+ influx. After sensing membrane depolarization, Ca2+ channels activate G proteins and the phospholipase C-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3) pathway. Ca2+ released through InsP3-dependent channels of the SR activates ryanodine receptors to amplify the cytosolic Ca2+ signal. These observations demonstrate a new mechanism of signaling SR Ca(2+)-release channels and reveal an unexpected function of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in arterial myocytes. Our findings may have therapeutic implications as the calcium-channel-induced Ca2+ release from the SR can be suppressed by Ca(2+)-channel antagonists.

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