Block of L-Type Ca2+ current by beauvericin, a toxic cyclopeptide, in the NG108-15 neuronal cell line

Sheng Nan Wu, Hsinyo Chen, Yen Chin Liu, Hung Ting Chiang

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The effects of beauverficin, a cyclodepsipeptide compound, on ion currents in a mouse neuroblastoma and rat glioma hybrid cell line, NG108-15, were investigated with the aid of the whole-cell voltage-clamp technique. Beauvericin (0.3-100 μM) reversibly produced an inhibition of L-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ current (ICa,L) in a concentration-dependent manner. Beauvericin caused no change in the overall shape of the current-voltage relationship of ICa,L. The IC50 value of beauvericin-induced inhibition of ICa,L was 4 μM. Neither gabapentin (30 μM) nor ω-conotoxin GVIA (3 μM) had effects on ICa,L. Beauvericin (30 μM) shifted the steadystate inactivation curve of ICa,L to more negative membrane potentials by approximately - 15 mV. The inhibitory effects of beauvericin on ICa,L exhibited tonic and use-dependent characteristics. Beauvericin also suppressed ICa,L evoked by repetitive action potential waveforms effectively. However, beauvericin (30 μM) had no effect on delayed rectifier K+ current in NG105-18 cells. Under current-clamp configuration, beauvericin reduced the firing frequency of action potentials. Therefore, this study indicates that beauvericin is a relatively specific inhibitor of L-type Ca2+ current in NG108-15 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)854-860
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Research in Toxicology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology

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