R. Daniel Peluffo

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1. The involvement of electrogenic reaction steps in K+ transport by the Na+, K(+)-ATPase was determined in rat cardiac ventricular myocytes using whole-cell patch clamp techniques. 2. Under K(+)-K+ exchange conditions and in the presence of extracellular K+ or Tl+ at concentrations that stimulated submaximal levels of steady-state Na+,K(+)-ATPase activity,(More)
The whole-cell voltage-clamp technique was used in rat cardiac myocytes to investigate the kinetics of ADP binding to phosphorylated states of Na,K-ATPase and its effects on presteady-state Na(+)-dependent charge movements by this enzyme. Ouabain-sensitive transient currents generated by Na,K-ATPase functioning in electroneutral Na(+)-Na(+) exchange mode(More)
The roles of Ser775 and Glu779, two amino acids in the putative fifth transmembrane segment of the Na,K-ATPase alpha subunit, in determining the voltage and extracellular K+ (K+(o)) dependence of enzyme-mediated ion transport, were examined in this study. HeLa cells expressing the alpha1 subunit of sheep Na,K-ATPase were voltage clamped via patch electrodes(More)
L-Arginine (L-Arg) is a basic amino acid that plays a central role in the biosynthesis of nitric oxide, creatine, agmantine, polyamines, proline and glutamate. Most tissues, including myocardium, must import L-Arg from the circulation to ensure adequate intracellular levels of this amino acid. This study reports novel L-Arg-activated inward currents in(More)
The effects of organic quaternary amines, tetraethylammonium (TEA) chloride and benzyltriethylammonium (BTEA) chloride, on Na,K pump current were examined in rat cardiac myocytes superfused in extracellular Na -free solutions and whole-cell voltage-clamped with patch electrodes containing a high Na -salt solution. Extracellular application of these(More)
This study examined how the quaternary organic ammonium ion, benzyltriethylamine (BTEA), binds to the Na,K-ATPase to produce membrane potential (V(M))-dependent inhibition and tested the prediction that such a V(M)-dependent inhibitor would display electrogenic binding kinetics. BTEA competitively inhibited K(+) activation of Na,K-ATPase activity and(More)
The effects of organic quaternary amines, tetraethylammonium (TEA) chloride and benzyltriethylammonium (BTEA) chloride, on Na,K pump current were examined in rat cardiac myocytes superfused in extracellular Na(+)-free solutions and whole-cell voltage-clamped with patch electrodes containing a high Na(+)-salt solution. Extracellular application of these(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) plays a central role as a cellular signaling molecule in health and disease. In the heart, NO decreases the rate of spontaneous beating and the velocity and extent of shortening and accelerates the velocity of relengthening. Since the cationic amino acid l-arginine (l-Arg) is the substrate for NO production by NO synthases (NOS), we tested(More)