Neuronal calcium channels can be modulated by changes in membrane potential or by activation of channel-associated receptors. The latter may be modulated by guanine nucleotide binding proteins. NaF, which activates guanine nucleotide binding proteins, caused a large stimulation of 45Ca2+ uptake by synaptosomes prepared from rat brain. Stimulation of 45Ca2+ influx by NaF (i) was apparent in media containing either 5 mM-K+ or 50 mM-K+, (ii) was slower than the fast-phase of voltage-dependent 45Ca2+ influx but continued for a longer period of time than did depolarization-induced 45Ca2+ influx, and (iii) was not mimicked or modified by a number of drugs, including ouabain, dinitrophenol, sodium azide or sodium vanadate. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that NaF activates a guanine nucleotide binding protein associated with receptor-coupled calcium channels, resulting in stimulation of calcium influx.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Mar 15 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology