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Sulfur dioxide derivatives modulate Na/Ca exchange currents and cytosolic [Ca2+]i in rat myocytes.

We have recently shown that sulfur dioxide (SO(2)) derivatives (bisulfite and sulfite, 1:3 M/M) modulated L-type calcium, sodium, and potassium channels in rat myocytes. The aim of this study was to investigate whether SO(2) derivatives could alter Na/Ca exchanger current and the intracellular free [Ca(2+)]. The nickel-sensitive Na/Ca exchanger current was measured in rat myocytes exposed to ramp pulses in Tyrode's solution containing ouabain, nifedipine, and +/-Ni (5 mmol/l). Myocytes were loaded with the fluorescent Ca(2+) indicator Fura-2/AM to estimate intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. SO(2) derivatives significantly inhibited both outward and inward Ni-sensitive Na/Ca exchanger currents without a shift in the reversal potential. The intracellular free [Ca(2+)] was raised by SO(2) derivatives in several concentrations. SO(2) derivatives increased [Ca(2+)](i) in rat myocytes and its mechanism might involve SO(2) derivatives significantly inhibiting Na/Ca exchanger current and enhancing L-type calcium channel.[1]


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