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In this study we examined the existence of T-type Ca(2+) current in ventricular myocytes isolated from rats with pressure-overload hypertrophy. The whole-cell clamp technique was used to record Ca(2+) currents in enzymatically dissociated ventricular cells. T- and L-type Ca(2+) currents were separated by applying voltage steps to different test potentials(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is the most abundant peptide in the mammalian heart, but its cardiac actions are not fully understood. Here we investigate the effect of NPY in intracellular Ca2+ release, using isolated rat cardiac myocytes and confocal microscopy. Cardiac myocytes were field-stimulated at 1 Hz. The evoked [Ca2+]i transient was of higher amplitude and(More)
1. The modulation of 4-aminopyridine sensitive transient outward potassium current (4-AP I(to)) by neuropeptide Y (NPY) (100 nM) in rat ventricular myocytes was examined using the whole cell voltage-clamp technique. 2. Continuous exposure to NPY (100 nM) for 3 - 6 h significantly increased 4-AP I(to) density. The stimulation of 4-AP I(to) density by NPY was(More)
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