Angiotensin II stimulates cardiac L-type Ca2+ current by a Ca2+- and protein kinase C-dependent mechanism

E. A. Aiello, H. E. Cingolani

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Angiotensin II (ANG II) evokes positive inotropic responses in various species. However, the effects of this peptide on L-type Ca2+ currents (ICa) are still controversial. We report in this study that the effects or ANG II on ICa differ depending on the mode of patch-clamp technique used, standard whole cell (WC) or perforated patch (PP). No significant effects of ANG II (0.5 μM) were observed when WC in cells dialyzed with high EGTA was used. However, when the intracellular milieu was preserved using PP, ANG II induced a significant 77 ± 6% increase ICa (-2.2 ± 0.3 in control and -3.9 ± 0.6 pA/pF in ANG II, n = 8, P < 0.05). When WC was used in cells dialyzed with low Ca2+ buffer capacity (EGTA 0.1 mM), ANG II was able to induce an increase in ICa (-3.5 ± 0.3 in control vs. - 4.8 ± 0.4 pA/pF in ANG II, n = 13, P < 0.05). This increase was prevented when the cells were also dialyzed with the protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor chelerythrine (50 μM) or calphostin C (1 μM). The above results allow us to conclude that strong intracellular Ca2+ buffering prevents the physiological actions of ANG II on cardiac ICa, which are also dependent on activation of PKC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H1528-H1536
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number4 49-4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2001


  • Cardiac myocytes
  • Perforated patch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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