The role of L-type voltage dependent calcium channels in stimulated [3H]norepinephrine release from canine hippocampal slices following global cerebral ischemia and reperfusion

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Journal Article

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Brain Research








Global cerebral ischemia; Hippocampus; Nitrendipine; NMDA receptor-channel complex; Norepinephrine release; Selective vulnerability; Voltage-dependent calcium channel


The hippocampus is among those brain regions which are selectively vulnerable to ischemic damage. Hippocampal damage due to transient cerebral ischemia is mainly of the delayed, non-necrotic type which may arise after disruption or activiation of specific cellular systems, including transmitter release through excitatory amino acid receptors. We investigated the contribution of L-type voltage dependent calcium channels (VDCCs) to glycine (GLY) potentiatedN-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor- and potassium-stimulated [3H]norepinephrine (NE) release in a canine model of global cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. Tissue was collected from four experimental groups: non-arrested controls (NA), global cerebral ischemia induced by 10 minute cardiac arrest (CA), and CA followed by 30 min or 24 hours reperfusion after restoration of spontaneous circulation. Brain slices prepared from all groups accumulated approximately equivalent amounts of [3H]NE. The sensitivity of [3H]NE release to stimulation by NMDA/GLY or elevated potassium was unchanged after ischemia and reperfusion. About 30% of release stimulated by the addition of 20 mM potassium was inhibited by the NMDA receptor-operated channel antagonist MK801 in all groups except CA in which only 4% of release was inhibited by MK801. The ability of 1 μM nitrendipine (NTP) to block stimulated release indicated that the contribution of the L-type VDCC to potassium or NMDA/GLY-stimulated release was significant only in NA and 24 hour reperfused animals. These data suggest that NE release may be stimulated through the NMDA receptor channel at control levels for up to 24 hours after ischemic insult and that the L-type VDCC is not a significant mediator of Ca++-induced [3H]NE release in arrest and early reperfusion. The data also support the involvement of the L-type VDCC in regulating NMDA-stimulated release in NA and 24 hour reperfused animals. The results in hippocampus demonstrate a different pattern of L-type VDCC-mediated catecholamine release following ischemia and reperfusion from that found for [3H]dopamine release from canine striatal slices in our previous study. © 1995 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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