Stimulatory actions of thymol, a natural product, on Ca2+- activated K+ current in pituitary GH3 cells

Mei Han Huang, Sheng-Nan Wu, Ai Yu Shen

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Abstract

Drugs that influence the opening of potassium (K+) channels and as a consequence cause hyperpolarization of cell membrane possess clinical potential. The large conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channel is highly selective for K+. Activation of this channel is Ca2+- and voltage-dependent. We have investigated the effects of thymol, a natural product, on ion currents in pituitary GH3 cells. The patch-clamp technique was used to investigate the effect of thymol (100 μM) in these cells. Thymol reversibly stimulated the Ca2+- activated K+ current with an EC50 value of 75 μM. In a cell-attached configuration, application of thymol to the bath increased the activity of BK channels. BAPTA (1 mM) attenuated thymol-stimulated channel activity. In an experiment using the inside-out configuration, thymol exposed to the intracellular face of excised patches did not modify the single-channel conductance of these channels whereas it enhanced the channel activity. Neither menthol (100 μM) nor zingerone (100 μM) had an effect on BK-channel activity while MPH (100 μM) suppressed it significantly. The stimulatory actions of thymol on Ca2+-activated K+ currents may be associated with the underlying cellular mechanisms through which it affects neuronal or neuroendocrine functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1098
Number of pages6
JournalPlanta Medica
Volume71
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1

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Thymol
Biological Products
Large-Conductance Calcium-Activated Potassium Channels
Menthol
Calcium-Activated Potassium Channels
Potassium Channels
Clamping devices
Patch-Clamp Techniques
Cell membranes
Baths
Potassium
Chemical activation
Cell Membrane
Ions
Electric potential
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry

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