Plasma membrane hyperpolarization by cyanide in chromaffin cells: role of potassium channels

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1334.
Archive für Toxikologie (Impact Factor: 5.98). 02/1994; 68(6):370-4. DOI: 10.1007/s002040050084
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Exposure of rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells to cyanide produces elevation of cytosolic calcium, impaired Na(+)-H+ exchange, membrane lipid peroxidation and release of neurotransmitters. Since these observations suggested cyanide alters plasma membrane function, the present study examined the effect of NaCN on the membrane potential of undifferentiated PC12 cells in suspension. In PC12 cells loaded with the voltage sensitive fluorescent dye, bis-oxonol, cyanide (2.5-10 mM) elicited an immediate (within seconds), concentration related decrease in fluorescence, indicating hyperpolarization of the plasma membrane. Increasing extracellular K+ concentration to 20 mM blocked the effect of cyanide (5 mM), suggesting cyanide increased K+ efflux. Pretreatment with quinine blocked the cyanide-induced hyperpolarization, whereas glyburide had little effect, showing the hyperpolarization produced by cyanide was due to activation of Ca2+ sensitive K+ channels. Removal of Ca2+ from the media did not influence cyanide-induced hyperpolarization. However, buffering intracellular Ca2+ by loading cells with the Ca2+ chelators, Quin II or BAPTA, abolished the cyanide effect, showing cytosolic Ca2+ is a key factor. These findings suggest that cyanide mobilizes Ca2+ from intracellular stores which leads to hyperpolarization via the activation of Ca2+ sensitive K+ channels.

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    • "Fifth, there is a notable lack of evidence for the presence of K ATP channels in PC -12 cells; a detailed analysis of K ϩ channel types in these cells revealed the presence of four distinct K ϩ channel types, none of which were K ATP channels (Conforti and Millhorn, 1997). Furthermore, although cyanide causes hyperpolarization of PC-12 cells, this is unaffected by glibenclamide and is attributable instead to release of Ca 2ϩ from internal stores and a consequent activation of Ca 2ϩ -dependent K ϩ channels (Latha et al., 1994). "
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    • "One must, therefore, consider some alternative hyperpolarizing mechanism. It is well known that CN raises cytoplasmic free Ca 2ϩ in a variety of cells—including several types of neurons (Biscoe and Duchen, 1990; Duchen et al., 1990; Dubinsky and Rothman, 1991; Duchen and Biscoe, 1992; Kaplin et al., 1996), as well as glia (Brismar and Collins, 1993), vascular smooth muscle (Miller et al., 1993), and chromaffin cells (Latha et al., 1994). CN thus could produce hyperpolarization by activating a Ca 2ϩ -sensitive G K (G K(Ca) ). "
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    • "Ca'~'. influx may also contribute to hypoxia-induced increases in Ca'~'i, because placing cells in a Ca* ' -free solution resulted in a partial decrease in the levels of Ca2+i that were obtained (Krnjevic and Xu, 1989; Biscoe and Duchen, 1990; Duchcn et al., 1990; Hasham et al., 1994; Latha et al., 1994). Numerous examples exist in which mobilization of Ca' + from IP,-sensitive stores subsequently leads to Ca' ' influx (Irvine , 1992; Fasolato et al., 1994). "
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