Involvement of stretch-activated ion channels in Ca2+ mobilization to mechanical stretch in endothelial cells

K. Naruse, M. Sokabe

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Endothelial cells are subjected to shear stresses by blood flow, normal stresses by blood pressure, and stretch by vessel expansion. These forces are known to induce secretions of several vasoactive substances probably via internal calcium mobilization (R. F. Furchgott. Circ. Res. 53: 557-573, 1983; M. J. Peach, A. L. Loeb, H. A. Singer, and J. Saye. Hypertension Dallas 7, Suppl. I: I-94-I-100, 1985.). Here we report that stretching cellular membranes increased intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+](i)) in human umbilical endothelial cells cultured on silicon membranes. Upon application of a stretch pulse (3-s duration), [Ca2+](i) increased rapidly and decayed slowly. The following results suggest that this increase arises from Ca2+ entry through stretch-activated (SA) channels: 1) the Ca2+ response disappeared when extracellular Ca2+ was removed; 2) gadolinium (Gd3+), a blocker for cation-selective SA channels, blocked the response but nifedipine did not; and 3) externally applied Mn2+, which is known to permeate mechanosensitive channels but not Ca2+ channels, entered the intracellular space immediately after an application of mechanical stretch. The increase in [Ca2+](i) was found to consist of at least two components: an initial fast component and a delayed slower component. Ryanodine inhibited the slow component. It is suggested that stretching the membrane primarily induced extracellular Ca2+ entry through SA channels followed by Ca2+ releases from intracellular Ca2+ stores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C1037-C1044
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number4 33-4
Publication statusPublished - May 6 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • fura-2
  • gadolinium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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