Zhong Rong Zhang

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Rat descending vasa recta (DVR) express a tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive voltage-operated Na(+) (Na(V)) conductance. We examined expression of Na(V) isoforms in DVR and tested for regulation of Na(V) currents by calmodulin (CaM). RT-PCR in isolated permeabilized DVR using degenerate primers targeted to TTX-sensitive isoforms amplified a product whose sequence(More)
We tested the hypothesis that constriction of descending vasa recta (DVR) is mediated by voltage-gated calcium entry. K(+) channel blockade with BaCl(2) (1 mM) or TEACl (30 mM) depolarized DVR smooth muscle/pericytes and constricted in vitro-perfused vessels. Pericyte depolarization by 100 mM extracellular KCl constricted DVR and increased pericyte(More)
We examined gap junction coupling of descending vasa recta (DVR). DVR endothelial cells or pericytes were depolarized to record the associated capacitance transients. Virtually all endothelia and some pericytes exhibited prolonged transients lasting 10-30 ms. Carbenoxolone (100 microM) and 18beta-glycyrrhetinic acid (18betaGRA; 100 microM) markedly(More)
Andrographolide (Andro) suppresses proliferation and triggers apoptosis in many types of cancer cells. Taxifolin (Taxi) has been proposed to prevent cancer development similar to other dietary flavonoids. In the present study, the cytotoxic and apoptotic effects of the addition of Andro alone and Andro and Taxi together on human prostate carcinoma DU145(More)
We studied the properties of a voltage-operated Na+ conductance in descending vasa recta (DVR) pericytes isolated from the renal outer medulla. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings revealed a depolarization-induced, rapidly activating and rapidly inactivating inward current that was abolished by removal of Na+ but not Ca+ from the extracellular buffer. The Na+(More)
Multiple voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel (Ca(V)) subtypes have been reported to participate in control of the juxtamedullary glomerular arterioles of the kidney. Using the patch-clamp technique, we examined whole cell Ca(V) currents of pericytes that contract descending vasa recta (DVR). The dihydropyridine Ca(V) agonist FPL64176 (FPL) stimulated inward Ca(2+)(More)
Using dual-cell electrophysiological recording, we examined the routes for equilibration of membrane potential between the pericytes and endothelia that comprise the descending vasa recta (DVR) wall. We measured equilibration between pericytes in intact vessels, between pericytes and endothelium in intact vessels and between pericytes physically separated(More)
To investigate the responses of descending vasa recta (DVR) to deformation of the abluminal surface, we devised an automated method that controls duration and frequency of stimulation by utilizing a stream of buffer from a micropipette. During stimulation at one end of the vessel, fluorescent responses from fluo4 or bis[1,3-dibutylbarbituric acid-(5)](More)
In A6 distal nephron cells, short-circuit current (Isc) was increased by basolateral exposure to prostaglandin E2 (PGE2; peak response at 1 microM). The effect was only partially abolished by either apical amiloride, an Na+ channel blocker, or 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino)benzoic acid (NPPB), a Cl- channel blocker. In apical cell-attached patches, we(More)