Effect of exercise training volume on arterial contractility and BKCa channel activity in rat thoracic aorta smooth muscle cells


Large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BKCa) channels play a critical role in regulating cellular excitability and vascular tone. Exercise training showed reversible beneficial effects on cardiovascular systems with an improvement of vascular functions. This study investigated the effects of exercise training volume on vascular function and BKCa channel activity in thoracic aorta smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in 20 sedentary (SED) and 40 training rats, submitted to a treadmill training protocol (20 m/min, 60 min/day, 12 weeks). Training rats were divided into two groups, exercising 3 days/week (EX1) and 5 days/week (EX2). Since intensity and duration of exercise were identical between training groups, the training volume was higher in EX2 than in EX1. Exercise training not only decreased heart rate, but also attenuated pressor responses induced by angiotensin II or norepinephrine (NE). The maximal vascular contraction induced by 10−5 M NE was significantly decreased after training. In precontracted thoracic aorta with NE (10−5 M), activation of the BKCa channels by NS1619 significantly decreased the tension. The sensitivity of tissue to NS619 (pD2) was significantly correlated with volume of training (SED < EX1 < EX2). Inside-out patch clamp recording on aortic SMCs showed that exercise training significantly increased the open probability, decreased the mean closed time and increased the mean open time of BKCa channels. This effect was more significant in the EX2 group than in the EX1 group. These data suggest that there is a dose effect for exercise training volume for the activation of BKCa channels in vascular SMCs, which contributes to improvement of the arterial function in thoracic aortas.

DOI: 10.1007/s00421-012-2344-6

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@article{Shi2012EffectOE, title={Effect of exercise training volume on arterial contractility and BKCa channel activity in rat thoracic aorta smooth muscle cells}, author={Lijun Shi and Li Zhao and Fanxing Zeng and Na Li and Xiaodong Liu}, journal={European Journal of Applied Physiology}, year={2012}, volume={112}, pages={3667-3678} }