Increased connexin43 gap junction protein in hamster cardiomyocytes during cold acclimatization and hibernation.

@article{Saitongdee2000IncreasedCG,
  title={Increased connexin43 gap junction protein in hamster cardiomyocytes during cold acclimatization and hibernation.},
  author={Porncharn Saitongdee and P. N. Milner and David Laurence Becker and Gillian E. Knight and Geoffrey Burnstock},
  journal={Cardiovascular research},
  year={2000},
  volume={47 1},
  pages={108-15}
}
OBJECTIVE The physiology of hibernation is characterized by dramatic reductions of heart rate, respiration, metabolism, blood pressure and body temperature and by resistance to ventricular fibrillation. Gap junctions in the heart provide low resistance pathways, facilitating electrical and metabolic coupling between cardiac muscle cells for coordinated action of the heart and tissue homeostasis. The conductance of these junctions, and therefore their function, is likely to be affected by the… CONTINUE READING