Nox1 upregulates the function of vascular T-type calcium channels following chronic nitric oxide deficit

Lauren Howitt, Klaus I Matthaei, Grant R Drummond, Caryl E Hill

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Cardiovascular disease is characterised by reduced nitric oxide bioavailability resulting from oxidative stress. Our previous studies have shown that nitric oxide deficit per se increases the contribution of T-type calcium channels to vascular tone through increased superoxide from NADPH oxidase (Nox). The aim of the present study was therefore to identify the Nox isoform responsible for modulating T-type channel function, as T-type channels are implicated in several pathophysiological conditions involving oxidative stress. We evaluated T-channel function in skeletal muscle arterioles in vivo, using a novel T-channel blocker, TTA-A2 (3 mumol/L), which demonstrated no cross reactivity with L-type channels. Wild-type and Nox2 knockout (Nox2ko) mice were treated with the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME (40 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks. L-NAME treatment significantly increased systolic blood pressure and the contribution of T-type calcium channels to arteriolar tone in wild-type mice, and this was not prevented by Nox2 deletion. In Nox2ko mice, pharmacological inhibition of Nox1 (10 mumol/L ML171), Nox4 (10 mumol/L VAS2870) and Nox4-derived hydrogen peroxide (500 U/mL catalase) significantly reduced the effect of chronic nitric oxide inhibition on T-type channel function. In contrast, in wild-type mice, ML171 and VAS2870, but not catalase, reduced the contribution of T-type channels to vascular tone, suggesting a role for Nox1 and non-selective actions of VAS2870. We conclude that Nox1, but not Nox2 or Nox4, is responsible for the upregulation of T-type calcium channels elicited by chronic nitric oxide deficit. These data point to an important role for this isoform in increasing T-type channel function during oxidative stress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727 - 735
Number of pages9
JournalPflugers Archiv-European Journal of Physiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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