Published work has shown that endothelin-l-induced contractility of bovine retinal pericytes is reduced after culture in high concentrations of glucose. The purpose of the present study was to establish the profile of endothelin-l-induced calcium transients in pericytes and to identify changes occurring after culture in high concentrations of glucose. Glucose had no effect on basal levels of cytosolic calcium or on endothelin-l-induced calcium release from intracellular stores. However, influx of calcium from the extracellular medium after endothelin-l stimulation was reduced in pericytes that had been cultured in 25 mM D-glucose. L-type Ca2+ currents were identified by patch clamping. The L-type Ca2+ channel agonist, (-)-Bay K8644, caused less influx of calcium from the extracellular medium in pericytes that had been cultured in 25 mM D-glucose than in those cultured with 5 mM D-glucose. However, 3-O-methylglucose, a nonmetabolizable analogue of glucose which can cause glycation, had similar effects to those of high concentrations of glucose. The results suggest that reduced function of the L-type Ca2+ channel that occurs in bovine retinal pericytes after culture in high concentrations of D-glucose is probably due to glycation of a channel protein.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 03 Sep 1999|
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