β-Adrenoceptor stimulation robustly increases cardiac L-type Ca 2+ current (ICaL); yet the molecular mechanism of this effect is still not well understood. Previous reports have shown in vitro phosphorylation of a consensus protein kinase A site at serine 1928 on the carboxyl terminus of the α1C subunit; however, the functional role of this site has not been investigated in cardiac myocytes. Here, we examine the effects of truncating the distal carboxyl terminus of the α1C subunit at amino acid residue 1905 or mutating the putative protein kinase A site at serine 1928 to alanine in adult guinea pig myocytes, using novel dihydropyridine-insensitive α1C adenoviruses, coexpressed with β2 subunits. Expression of α1C truncated at 1905 dramatically attenuated the increase of peak ICaL induced by isoproterenol. However, the point mutation S1928A did not significantly attenuate the β-adrenergic response. The findings indicate that the distal carboxyl-terminus of α1C plays an important role in β-adrenergic upregulation of cardiac L-type Ca2+ channels, but that phosphorylation of serine 1928 is not required for this effect.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Feb 2006|
- Calcium current
- Ion channel
- Protein kinase A
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine