Modulation of cardiac Ca2+ channels in Xenopus oocytes by protein kinase C

Dafna Singer-Lahat, Eli Gershon, Ilana Lotan, Roger Hullin, Martin Biel, Veit Flockerzi, Franz Hofmann, Nathan Dascal*

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L-Type calcium channel was expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes injected with RNAs coding for different cardiac Cu2+ channel subunits, or with total heart RNA. The effects of activation of protein kinase C (PKC) by the phorbol ester PMA (4β-phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate) were studied. Currents through channels composed of the main (α1) subunit alone were initially increased and then decreased by PMA. A similar biphasic modulation was observed when the α1 subunit was expressed in combination with α2/δ, β and/or γ subunits, and when the channels were expressed following injection of total rat heart RNA. No effects on the voltage dependence of activation were observed. The effects of PMA were blocked by staurosporine, a protein kinase inhibitor. β subunit moderated the enhancement caused by PMA. We conclude that both enhancement and inhibition of cardiac L-type Ca2+ currents by PKC are mediated via an effect on the α1 subunit, while the β subunit may play a mild modulatory role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 20 Jul 1992


  • Calcium channel
  • Calcium channel subunit
  • Phorbol ester
  • Protein kinase C
  • Xenopus oocyte


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