Nicotinic receptor/ionic channel complex (AChR) in androgen-dependent skeletal muscle cultures

Nicotinic receptor/ionic channel complex (AChR) in androgen-dependent skeletal muscle cultures

Author Bielavsky, M. Google Scholar
Souccar, C. Google Scholar
Lapa, A. J. Google Scholar
Lima-Landman, MTR Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract The kinetic properties of the nicotinic receptor/ionic channel complex (AChR) were compared in cell cultures obtained from androgen-dependent skeletal muscles of the perineal complex (P) and from muscles less dependent upon sex hormones (the thigh musculature, T). Because the development of P is delayed compared to other skeletal muscles in the rat, cultures were performed taking into account the age of the donor (4- or 6-day-old rats), and the time interval the cells remained in culture (7 days and 15 days). the ionic channel conductance (gamma) and the mean channel open time (2) were determined with the patch-clamp technique in the cell-attached configuration at room temperature. Cultures from P and T muscles were morphologically identical in size and shape, independent of the animals' age at plating or on the plating time. in all of them, the AChR was spread over the cell membrane. More than one AChR ionic channel conductance was observed in P and T cultures, and the prevalent value of gamma in either culture ranged from 30 pS to 35 pS. in P fibers from 4-day-old rats cultured for 7 days (P 4/7), the distribution of channel open times fitted a double exponential, while in T 4/7 they were fitted with a single exponential. in cultures from P and T muscles obtained from older rats (6 days old) and in those cells remaining in culture for a prolonged time (15 days), the channel open times also fitted a double exponential. Because P and T cultures lack trophic neuronal influences, the difference observed between the tau of P 4/7 and T 4/7 was thought to be the hormone requirement of P muscles to grow and differentiate. Likewise, the difference observed between T 4/7 and T 4/15 may indicate the need for neurotrophic influences to maintain higher T values in older cultures. Since this requirement is not found in cultured fibers, tau would tend to assume slower values approaching those of P without hormone activation.
Keywords nicotinic receptor
ionic channel kinetics
cell culture
Language English
Date 2002-02-01
Published in Pflugers Archiv-european Journal of Physiology. New York: Springer-verlag, v. 443, n. 4, p. 595-600, 2002.
ISSN 0031-6768 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Springer
Extent 595-600
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000174363000011

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