María Concepción García

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Calciseptine is a natural peptide consisting of 60 amino acids with four disulfide bonds. The peptide is a natural L-type Ca2+-channel blocker in heart and other systems, but its actions in skeletal muscle have not been previously described. The aim of this study is to characterize the effects of calciseptine on L-type Ca2+ channels of skeletal muscle and(More)
It is well-demonstrated that cannabinoid CB2 receptors located in glial cells are up-regulated in neurodegenerative disorders serving as a target to control glial influences to neurons. Recent evidence indicates that CB2 receptors may be also located in certain neuronal subpopulations and serve as a marker of neuronal losses. We investigated this(More)
1. Modulation of fast and slow Ca2+ channels of frog skeletal muscle by adrenaline (10(-6) to 10(-5) M) and cyclic AMP was investigated using intracellular voltage recordings in intact fibres and a voltage-clamp technique in cut fibres. 2. In tetraethylammonium (TEA), Cl(-)-free Ringer solution, adrenaline increased the maximum rate of rise of Ca2+ spikes(More)
1. L-type Ca2+ channels play an important role in vital cell functions such as muscle contraction and hormone secretion. Both a voltage-dependent and a Ca2+-dependent process inactivate these channels. Here we present evidence that inhibition of the mitochondrial Ca2+ import mechanism in rat (Sprague-Dawley) ventricular myocytes by ruthenium red (RR), by(More)
The beta1a subunit of the skeletal muscle voltage-gated Ca2+ channel plays a fundamental role in the targeting of the channel to the tubular system as well as in channel function. To determine whether this cytosolic auxiliary subunit is also a regulatory protein of Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum in vivo, we pressure-injected the beta1a subunit(More)
The beta(1a) subunit, one of the auxiliary subunits of Ca(V)1.1 channels, was expressed in COS-1 cells, purified by electroelution and electrodialysis techniques and identified by Western blot using monoclonal antibodies. The purified beta(1a) subunit strongly interacted in vitro with the alpha interaction domain (AID) of Ca(V)1.1 channels. The actions of(More)
The effects of a long-term blockade of L-type Ca2+ channels on membrane currents and on the number of dihydropyridine binding sites were investigated in skeletal muscle fibers. Ca2+ currents (ICa) and intramembrane charge movement were monitored using a voltage-clamp technique. The peak amplitude of ICa increased by more than 40% in fibers that were(More)
The effects of long-term depolarization on the level of alpha1s and on L-type Ca2+ currents of skeletal muscle were investigated. Long-term depolarization (14 h) caused a 50% decrease of alpha1s, revealed with the Western blot technique. This decline was prevented by preincubation with the Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine. Electrophysiological experiments(More)
This study is an investigation into the modulatory effects of heparin, a component of the extracellular matrix that binds to dihydropyridine receptors, on contraction and Ca2+ channels in frog skeletal muscle. Using tension and Ca2+ signal measurements in single intact skeletal muscle cells we have found that heparin (100-200 micrograms ml-1) substantially(More)