Significance of CaV3.2 T-type Ca2+ channels for pressure- and flow-dependent vasomotor responses in rat and mouse mesenteric small arteries: (Oral Communication)

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We investigated the potential significance of CaV3.2 channels in the myogenic response (MR) and flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMVD). CaV3.2 channels were immunolocalized to EC and VSMC in rat and mouse small mesenteric arteries. The myogenic tone at pressures of 40-120 mmHg was significantly larger in young CaV3.2-/- mice (8-15 weeks) vs. age-matched WT mice (P<0.05; N=3-4), whereas no difference was observed in older (6-8 months) WT vs. KO mice (N=4-5). In young WT mice, the CaV3.2 blocker NiCl2 (30 µM) significantly enhanced myogenic tone (P<0.05; N=4), whereas in old WT mice this effect was not seen (N=4). In young and old CaV3.2-/- mice no effects of NiCl2 were observed. The FMVD response in rat mesenteric arteries was not blocked by L-NAME, but was almost abolished by the SKCa/IKCa channel blockers apamin/TRAM-34 (50 nM/1 µM) (P<0.01; N=6). Interestingly the vessels constricted to flow in the presence of 100 µM NiCl2 (P<0.001; N=6), and this led us to investigate FMVD in CaV3.2-/- mice. The FMVD response was not significantly different in old WT (N=8) vs. CaV3.2-/- mice (N=8), whereas preliminary data suggested a reduced FMVD in young KO mice. Expression of Cagna1A/C/G and TRPC1/3/6 mRNA was similar in WT vs. CaV3.2-/- mice. CONCLUSION: FMVD responses appear to rely on an endothelium-dependent hyperpolarization in rat small mesenteric arteries. CaV3.2 channels are negative feedback modulators of myogenic tone in small mesenteric artery in young mice. The age-dependent decline in CaV3.2-mediated negative feedback modulation in old animals might be clinically relevant.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateDec 2014
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Event11th International Symposium on Resistance Arteries - Banff Conference Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Duration: 7 Sep 201411 Sep 2014


Conference11th International Symposium on Resistance Arteries
LocationBanff Conference Centre
CityBanff, Alberta

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