Membrane currents of ventricular cardiomyocytes isolated from control, diabetic and insulin-treated diabetic Wistar rats have been measured using the whole cell configuration of the patch-clamp technique. Insulin restored the density of the 4-aminopyridine-sensitive early transient component of the calcium-independent outward potassium currents which decreased in diabetes. The inactivation rate of the transients increased in diabetes and was normalised by insulin. The late 4-aminopyridine-insensitive component of the outward currents showed the same diabetes- and insulin-related changes. This current could reflect the activation of the delayed rectifier channels although pharmacological identification of this component could not be achieved.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||General physiology and biophysics|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1995|
- outward potassium currents
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