Increased vascular smooth muscle contractility in TRPC6-/- mice.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Among the TRPC subfamily of TRP (classical transient receptor potential) channels, TRPC3, -6, and -7 are gated by signal transduction pathways that activate C-type phospholipases as well as by direct exposure to diacylglycerols. Since TRPC6 is highly expressed in pulmonary and vascular smooth muscle cells, it represents a likely molecular candidate for receptor-operated cation entry. To define the physiological role of TRPC6, we have developed a TRPC6-deficient mouse model. These mice showed an elevated blood pressure and enhanced agonist-induced contractility of isolated aortic rings as well as cerebral arteries. Smooth muscle cells of TRPC6-deficient mice have higher basal cation entry, increased TRPC-carried cation currents, and more depolarized membrane potentials. This higher basal cation entry, however, was completely abolished by the expression of a TRPC3-specific small interference RNA in primary TRPC6(-)(/)(-) smooth muscle cells. Along these lines, the expression of TRPC3 in wild-type cells resulted in increased basal activity, while TRPC6 expression in TRPC6(-/-) smooth muscle cells reduced basal cation influx. These findings imply that constitutively active TRPC3-type channels, which are up-regulated in TRPC6-deficient smooth muscle cells, are not able to functionally replace TRPC6. Thus, TRPC6 has distinct nonredundant roles in the control of vascular smooth muscle tone.

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Cited Authors

  • Dietrich, A; Mederos Y Schnitzler, M; Gollasch, M; Gross, V; Storch, U; Dubrovska, G; Obst, M; Yildirim, E; Salanova, B; Kalwa, H; Essin, K; Pinkenburg, O; Luft, FC; Gudermann, T; Birnbaumer, L

Published Date

  • August 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 16

Start / End Page

  • 6980 - 6989

PubMed ID

  • 16055711

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1190236

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5549

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0270-7306

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/mcb.25.16.6980-6989.2005


  • eng