Repletion of sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca after ryanodine in rat ventricular myocytes

W. H. DuBell, B. Lewartowski, H. A. Spurgeon, H. S. Silverman, E. G. Lakatta

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The ryanodine (R)-induced loss of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ and the abilities of the SR to accumulate Ca2+ and participate in contractile activation after R were studied in rat ventricular myocytes. Indo 1 fluorescence (IF) indexed cytosolic Ca2+, and caffeine assayed SR Ca2+. Before R, there was a negative staircase, and the SR accumulated Ca2+ at rest. During stimulation (0.5 Hz), R decreased IF and contraction, converting the negative staircase to positive. When R was pulsed onto resting cells, IF increased and cells shortened, subsequently behaving as if stimulated in R. After R, there was no caffeine-releasable Ca2+ at rest, and little accumulated during 0.5-Hz stimulation. At high rates, caffeine-releasable Ca2+ and diastolic IF increased. In isoproterenol and R, IF transients and contractions recovered at 0.5 Hz with a marked positive staircase and little diastolic IF increase. Within 10 beats, SR Ca2+ accumulated to pre-R levels. R eliminated the positive inotropic effect of paired-pulse stimulation, but isoproterenol temporarily restored it. Twitch contractions in thapsigargin, an SR Ca2+ pump blocker, and isoproterenol were slow compared with control or R + isoproterenol. R leaks SR Ca2+ into the cytosol. SR Ca2+ can be repleted in R by high-rate stimulation or by low- rate stimulation with a β-adrenergic agonist. SR Ca2+ release in R can be temporarily restored if Ca2+ influx and SR Ca2+ pumping are increased enough to overcome the SR Ca2+ leak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H604-H615
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number2 34-2
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • caffeine
  • excitation-contraction coupling
  • indo 1
  • isoproterenol
  • thapsigargin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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