Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11774
Title: Modulation by simvastatin of iberiotoxin-sensitive, Ca2+-activated K+ channels of porcine coronary artery smooth muscle cells
Authors: Seto, SW
Au, ALS
Lam, TY
Chim, SSC
Lee, SMY
Wan, S
Tjiu, DCS
Shigemura, N
Yim, APC
Chan, SW
Tsui, SKW
Leung, GPH
Kwan, YW
Keywords: HMG CoA reductase
Simvastatin
Coronary artery
BKCa channels
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: British journal of pharmacology, 2007, v. 151, no. 7, p. 987-997 How to cite?
Journal: British journal of pharmacology 
Abstract: Background and Purpose: Statins (3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase inhibitors) have been demonstrated to reduce cardiovascular mortality. It is unclear how the expression level of HMG CoA reductase in cardiovascular tissues compares with that in cells derived from the liver. We hypothesized that this enzyme exists in different cardiovascular tissues, and simvastatin modulates the vascular iberiotoxin-sensitive Ca2+ activated K+ (BKCa) channels. Experimental Approaches: Expression of HMG CoA reductase in different cardiovascular preparations was measured. Effects of simvastatin on BKCa channel gatings of porcine coronary artery smooth muscle cells were evaluated. Key Results: Western immunoblots revealed the biochemical existence of HMG CoA reductase in human cardiovascular tissues and porcine coronary artery. In porcine coronary artery smooth muscle cells, extracellular simvastatin (1, 3 and 10 mu M) (hydrophobic), but not simvastatin Na+ (hydrophilic), inhibited the BKCa channels with a minimal recovery upon washout. Isopimaric acid (10 mu M)-mediated enhancement of the BKCa amplitude was reversed by external simvastatin. Simvastatin Na+ (10 mu M, applied internally), markedly attenuated isopimaric acid (10 mM)-induced enhancement of the BKCa amplitude. Reduced glutathione (5 mM; in the pipette solution) abolished simvastatin-elicited inhibition. Mevalonolactone (500 mM) and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (20 mu M) only prevented simvastatin (1 and 3 mu M)-induced responses. simvastatin (10 mu M) caused a rottlerin (1 mu M)-sensitive (cycloheximide (10 mu M)-insensitive) increase of PKC-delta protein expression. Conclusions and Implications: Our results demonstrated the biochemical presence of HMG CoA reductase in different cardiovascular tissues, and that simvastatin inhibited the BKCa channels of the arterial smooth muscle cells through multiple intracellular pathways.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11774
ISSN: 0007-1188
EISSN: 1476-5381
DOI: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0707327
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