Differential effects of tetracaine on charge movements and Ca2+ signals in frog skeletal muscle

L. Csernoch, C. L H Huang, G. Szücs, L. Kovacs

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The effects of tetracaine on charge movements and on antipyrylazo III signals monitoring intracellular Δ[Ca2+] were compared in cut frog semitendinosus muscle fibers in a single vaseline gap-voltage clamp. Low tetracaine concentrations (25-40 μM) markedly reduced Δ[Ca2+] signals and shifted the rheobase. However, they neither influenced charge movement nor that peak Δ[Ca2+] value associated with the contractile threshold. Higher tetracaine concentrations (100-200 μM) partly inhibited charge movements in cut fibers. They separated a steeply voltage-sensitive charge, some of whose features resembled 'q(γ)' reported in intact fibers, and whose movement preceded Δ[Ca2+] signals at threshold. These findings: (a) directly confirm an earlier suggestion that tetracaine acts on steps in excitation-contraction coupling rather than myofilament activation; (b) show that tetracaine at low concentrations can directly interfere with sarcoplasmic reticular calcium release without modifying charge movement; (c) show that the tetracaine-sensitive charge, first found in intact fibers, also exists in cut fibers; and (d) make it unlikely that tetracaine-sensitive charge transfer is a consequence of Ca2+ release as suggested on earlier occasions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-612
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of General Physiology
Volume92
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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Anura
Skeletal Muscle
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Excitation Contraction Coupling
Myofibrils
Calcium
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Differential effects of tetracaine on charge movements and Ca2+ signals in frog skeletal muscle. / Csernoch, L.; Huang, C. L H; Szücs, G.; Kovacs, L.

In: Journal of General Physiology, Vol. 92, No. 5, 1988, p. 601-612.

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