Na+/Ca2+ exchange and cell contraction in isolated neonatal and adult rabbit cardiac myocytes.


Recent studies have demonstrated a relative deficiency in voltage-gated Ca2+ currents (ICa) in immature myocardium. We hypothesized that contraction in developing heart results in part from Ca2+ influx via "reverse" Na+/Ca2+ exchange current (INa/Ca). Accordingly, INa/Ca and cell contraction amplitude were measured in single neonatal and adult rabbit… (More)


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