The relationship between contraction and intracellular sodium in rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes

The Journal of Physiology
S M HarrisonM R Boyett


1. The contraction, measured optically, and the intracellular Na+ activity (aNai), measured with the Na(+)-sensitive fluorescent dye SBFI, have been recorded simultaneously in rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes. 2. In rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes at rest, aNai was 7.8 +/- 0.3 mM (n = 4) and 5.1 +/- 0.3 mM (n = 16), respectively. 3. When both rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes were stimulated at 1 Hz after a rest there was usually a gradual increase in twitch shortening (referred to as a 'staircase') over several minutes accompanied by an increase in aNai over a similar time course. Twitch shortening increased by 21 +/- 3% (n = 6) and 20 +/- 4% (n = 16) (of steady-state twitch shortening during 1 Hz stimulation) per millimolar rise in aNai in rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes, respectively. 4. When rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes were exposed to strophanthidin to block the Na(+)-K+ pump, there were increases in twitch shortening and aNai over similar time courses. Twitch shortening increased by 24 +/- 4% (n = 5) and 20 +/- 3% (n = 10) (of control twitch shortening) per millimolar rise in aNai in rat and guinea-pig ventricular myocytes respectively. 5. The inotropic effect of cardiac glycosides,...Continue Reading


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