Role of K+ channels in adrenal catecholamine secretion in anesthetized dogs

Takahiro Nagayama, Kimiya Masada, Makoto Yoshida, Mizue Suzuki-Kusaba, Hiroaki Hisa, Tomohiko Kimura, Susumu Satoh

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We examined the role of K+ channels in the secretion of adrenal catecholamine (CA) in response to 4 splanchnic nerve stimulation (SNS), acetylcholine (ACh), 1,1-dimethyl-4-phenyl-piperazinium (DMPP), and muscarine in anesthetized dogs. K+ channel blockers and the cholinergic agonists were infused and injected, respectively, into the adrenal gland. The voltage- dependent K+ channel (K(A) type) blocker mast cell degranulating (MCD) peptide infusion (10-100 ng/min) enhanced increases in CA output induced by SNS (1-3 Hz), but it did not affect increases in CA output induced by ACh (0.75-3 μg), DMPP (0.1-0.4 μg), or muscarine (0.5-2 μg). The small- conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK(Ca)) channel blocker scyllatoxin infusion (10-100 ng/min) enhanced the ACh-, DMPP-, and muscarine-induced increases in CA output, but it did not affect the SNS-induced increases in CA output. These results suggest that K(A) channels may play an inhibitory role in the regulation of adrenal CA secretion in response to SNS and that SK(Ca) channels may play the same role in the secretion in response to exogenously applied cholinergic agonists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1125-R1130
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number4 43-4
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Apr


  • Adrenal gland
  • Mast cell degranulating peptide
  • Scyllatoxin
  • Small-conductance calcium-activated potassium channels
  • Voltage- dependent potassium channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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