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This paper describes the existence of two pharmacologically distinct types of Ca2+ channels in rat skeletal muscle cells (myoballs) in culture. The first class of Ca2+ channels is insensitive to the dihydropyridine (DHP) (+)-PN 200-110; the second class of Ca2+ channels is blocked by low concentrations of (+)-PN 200-110. The two pharmacologically different(More)
The whole-cell patch-clamp technique has been used to analyze the properties of the dihydropyridine-sensitive Ca2+ channel in rat skeletal muscle cells (myoballs) in culture. The potential dependence of Ca2+-channel activation is similar to that observed in cardiac cells. However, the skeletal muscle Ca2+ channel is activated more slowly (by a factor of(More)
During in vitro development of rat skeletal muscle cells, contraction and calcium currents progressively appear after fusion of myoblasts. To investigate whether muscle-specific functions are expressed in the absence of myoblast fusion, rat neonatal muscle cells were cultured in a differentiation medium under conditions that are well known to inhibit(More)
Calcium mishandling in Duchenne dystrophic muscle suggested that dystrophin, a membrane-associated cytoskeleton protein, might regulate calcium signaling cascade such as calcium influx pathway. It was previously shown that abnormal calcium entries involve uncontrolled stretch-activated currents and store-operated Ca2+ currents supported by TRPC1 channels.(More)
The whole-cell patch-clamp technique coupled with intracellular [Ca2+] measurements was used to investigate the sodium-calcium exchange mechanism in rat skeletal muscle cells in primary culture. Replacing external Na+ ions with Li+ or N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG+) ions generated outward currents which were correlated with significant increases of free(More)
Primary cultures from enzymatically dissociated satellite cells of newborn rat skeletal muscles enabled developmental in vitro studies of mechanical and electrical properties during the first steps of myogenesis. The present work focused on the appearance, evolution and roles of two types of calcium currents (ICa,T and ICa,L) and of depolarization-induced(More)
We present here evidence for the enhancement of an inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) mediated calcium signaling pathway in myotubes from dystrophin-deficient cell lines (SolC1(-)) as compared to a cell line from the same origin but transfected with mini-dystrophin (SolD(+)). With confocal microscopy, we demonstrated that calcium rise, induced by the(More)
We present here evidence for the enhancement, at rest, of an inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-mediated calcium signaling pathway in myotubes from dystrophin-deficient cell lines (SolC1(-)) as compared to a cell line from the same origin but transfected with mini-dystrophin (SolD(+)). With confocal microscopy, the number of sites discharging calcium(More)
Resting intracellular calcium levels and intracellular calcium transients induced by three types of stimulus (acetylcholine, high potassium and caffeine) were recorded, during in vitro myogenesis, by means of a ratiometric fluorescence method using the calcium probe Indo-1 under laser illumination. Resting levels seemed to decrease with the age of cultured(More)
The sensitivity of Na+ channels to inhibition by Cd2+ and Zn2+ was studied in 22Na+ uptake experiments after stabilization of an open conformation of the Na+ channels with different neurotoxins and in voltage clamp experiments. Six different cell types of neuronal, cardiac or skeletal muscle origin were surveyed. Three cell types possess Na+ channels that(More)