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Characteristics and superoxide-induced activation of reconstituted myocardial mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channels. Circ Res 2001 Dec 07;89(12):1177-83



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2-s2.0-0035824922   170 Citations


Mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium (mitoK(ATP)) channels have been suggested as triggers and end effectors in myocardial ischemic preconditioning. However, the intracellular mechanism regulating mitoK(ATP) channels remains unclear. In the present study, mitoK(ATP) channels from bovine ventricular myocardium were reconstituted using planar lipid bilayers, and the effect of superoxide (O(2-.)) on the activity of these reconstituted channels was examined. After incorporation, a potassium-selective current was recorded. The mean conductance of this current was 56 pS at 150 mmol/L KCl, which was substantially inhibited by 1 mmol/L MgATP. 5-Hydroxydecanoate (5-HD, 10 to 100 micromol/L), a selective mitoK(ATP) antagonist, reduced the open state probability (NPo) of these channels in a concentration-dependent manner, whereas diazoxide (10 micromol/L), a selective mitoK(ATP) agonist, significantly increased channel activity. HMR-1098 (100 micromol/L), a selective sarcolemmal K(ATP) antagonist, had no effect on the activity of reconstituted channels. Addition of xanthine/xanthine oxidase (100 micromol/L per 0.038 U/mL), an O(2-.)-generating system, resulted in a marked activation of mitoK(ATP) channels; the NPo of the channels was increased from 0.60+/-0.10 to 1.94+/-0.02. This O(2)(-.)-induced channel activation was completely abolished by pretreatment with 5-HD (100 micromol/L) or a sulfhydryl alkylating compound, N-ethylmaleimide (2 mmol/L). It is concluded that myocardial mitoK(ATP) channels can be reconstituted into lipid bilayers and that O(2-.) activates these channels. The effect of O(2-.) may be associated with its direct action on the sulfhydryl groups of the channel protein.

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Zhang DX, Chen YF, Campbell WB, Zou AP, Gross GJ, Li PL


William B. Campbell PhD Chair, Professor in the Pharmacology and Toxicology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
David X. Zhang MD, PhD Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adenosine Triphosphate
Decanoic Acids
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Guanosine Triphosphate
Hydroxy Acids
Ion Channel Gating
Lipid Bilayers
Membrane Potentials
Mitochondria, Heart
Potassium Channels
Subcellular Fractions
Sulfhydryl Reagents
Xanthine Oxidase
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