Blocking effect of Puerarin on calcium channel in isolated guinea pig ventricular myocytes

Youwen Qian, Zhi Li, Luoxiu Huang, Xiaoling Han, Jiating Sun, Hanqing Zhou, Zhongyu Liu

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Objective: To identify whether Puerarin (Puer) has blocking effects on L-type calcium channel. Methods: We used whole-cell recording of patch-clamp techniques to analyse calcium channel current in ventricular myocytes isolated from Langendorff guinea pig hearts by collagenase. Results: In control group, peak calcium channel current was decreased by 10.6% and 29.8% at 5, 10 min of recording time, respectively. For the same period, 0.1 mmol/L Puer reduced calcium current by 23.9% and 72.4%. 0.1 and 1 mmol/L Puer inhibited the amplitude of peak calcium channel current by 40.6% and 63.2% after perfusing for 10 min. Compared with control group in which 'rundown' phenomenon was observed, Puer also demonstrated its blocking effect on L-type channel. While washout of Puer with perfusing solution, calcium channel current went down further instead of recovery. Current-voltage (I-V) curves showed that the levels of calcium channel current were obviously decreased by Puer (both 0.1 mmo/L and 1 mmo/L) form - 40 mV to + 10 mV. Conclusion: Puer has blocking effect on L-type calcium channel in a concentration dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-789
Number of pages3
JournalChinese Medical Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcium channel
  • Myocytes
  • Patch-clamp
  • Puerarin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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