Effects of calcium channel blockers on insulin secretion and 45Ca(2+)-uptake of rat islets stimulated by glucose or K(+)-depolarization.

Abstract

Two calcium channel antagonists, verapamil and nifedipine, have been used to explore the dependence of secretion on voltage-gated influx of calcium. Both antagonists were able to suppress the secretory response to K(+)-depolarization as well as the stimulation of 45Ca(2+)-uptake. However, they inhibited only partially the stimulation of both secretion and 45Ca(2+)-uptake. However, they inhibited only partially the stimulation of both secretion and 45Ca(2+)-uptake induced by glucose, alone or with palmitate. The stimulation of 45Ca(2+)-uptake by K(+)-depolarization, unlike that induced by glucose, was not sensitive to norepinephrine, starvation or fatty acid oxidation inhibitors. Therefore, it is suggested that glucose either modifies the properties of the voltage-dependent calcium channel and/or accelerates the exchange of a particular intracellular pool of calcium.

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@article{Vara1991EffectsOC, title={Effects of calcium channel blockers on insulin secretion and 45Ca(2+)-uptake of rat islets stimulated by glucose or K(+)-depolarization.}, author={Elena Vara and Jorge Tamarit-Rodriguez}, journal={Revista española de fisiología}, year={1991}, volume={47 3}, pages={103-8} }