Modulation of Ca2+ channels by atrial natriuretic peptide in the bovine adrenal glomerulosa cell

P. Q. Barrett, C. M. Isales, W. B. Bollag, R. T. McCarthy

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In the bovine adrenal glomerulosa cell, calcium influx through voltage-dependent calcium channels is critical to maintaining an aldosterone secretory response. In patch clamp, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) inhibits T-type calcium channel current yet stimulates L-type calcium channel current. In the present study the channel effects of ANP observed in the patch-clamp configuration were extended and related to populations of cells. We observed the following. (i) The effect of ANP on T-channel current resulted in the reduction in the open state probability. ANP decreased the mean open state duration from 14.2 to 1.8 ms/sweep (ii) In the weakly depolarized cell stimulated by 8 mM K+, ANP reduced the level of aequorin luminescence (a measure of cytosolic calcium) and completely inhibited the stimulated rate of aldosterone secretion, returning it to prestimulation values. These effects are consistent with a decrease in net calcium channel influx and the reported inhibition of T-channel current. In contrast, the calcium channel blocker, nitrendipine, which at low dose selectively blocks L-type calcium channel flux, only slightly reduced luminescence, and partially inhibited the sustained secretory response. (iii) In the strongly depolarized cell, stimulated by 60 mM K+, ANP increased the level of aequorin luminescence consistent with an increase in net calcium channel influx and the reported stimulation of L-channel current. These results indicate that under physiological conditions the inhibition of T-type calcium channels may be involved in the inhibition of the aldosterone secretion induced by ANP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1553-1560
Number of pages8
JournalCanadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • ANP
  • adrenal glomerulosa
  • aldosterone secretion
  • calcium channels
  • intracellular calcium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (medical)


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