Vasopressin-stimulated Ca2+ influx in rat hepatocytes is inhibited in high-K+ medium

A. L. Savage, M. Biffen, B. R. Martin

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We examined the effects of K+ substitution for Na+ on the response of hepatocytes to vasopressin, and on the hepatocyte plasma-membrane potential. (1) High K+ (114 mM) had no effect on the initial increase in phosphorylase a activity in response to vasopressin, but abolished the ability of the hormone to maintain increased activity beyond 10 min. With increasing concentrations a decrease in the vasopressin response was first observed at 30-50 mM-K+. (2) High K+ (114 mM) had no effect on basal 45Ca2+ influx, but abolished the ability of vasopressin to stimulate influx. This effect was also first observed at a concentration of 30-50 mM-K+. (3) Increasing K+ had little effect on the plasma-membrane potential until a concentration of 40 mM was reached. With further increases in concentration the plasma membrane was progressively depolarized. (4) Replacement of Na+ with N-methyl-D-glucamine+ depolarized the plasma membrane to a much smaller extent than did replacement with K+, and was also much less effective in inhibiting the vasopressin response. (5) The plasma-membrane potential was restored to near the control value by resuspending cells in normal-K+ medium after exposure to high-K+ medium. The effects of vasopressin on phosphorylase activity were also restored. (6) We conclude that the Ca2+ channels responsible for vasopressin-stimulated Ca2+ influx are closed by depolarization of the plasma membrane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-827
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical Journal
Volume260
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Vasopressins
Cell membranes
Rats
Hepatocytes
Cell Membrane
Membrane Potentials
Phosphorylase a
Phosphorylases
Depolarization
Substitution reactions
Hormones

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In: Biochemical Journal, Vol. 260, No. 3, 15.06.1989, p. 821-827.

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