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Functional and pharmacological consequences of the distribution of voltage-gated calcium channels in the renal blood vessels.
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PMID:  23351056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Calcium channel blockers are widely used to treat hypertension because they inhibit voltage-gated calcium channels that mediate transmembrane calcium influx in e.g. vascular smooth muscle and cardiomyocytes. The calcium channel family consists of several subfamilies, of which the L-type is usually associated with vascular contractility. However, the L-, T- and P/Q-types of calcium channels are present in the renal vasculature and are differentially involved in controlling vascular contractility, thereby contributing to regulation of kidney function and blood pressure. In the preglomerular vascular bed all the three channel families are present. However, the T-type channel is the only channel in cortical efferent arterioles which is in contrast to the juxtamedullary efferent arteriole, and that leads to diverse functional effects of L- and T-type channel inhibition. Furthermore, by different mechanisms, T-type channels may contribute to both constriction and dilation of the arterioles. Finally, P/Q-type channels are involved in the regulation of human intrarenal arterial contractility. The calcium blockers used in the clinic affect not only L-type but also P/Q- and T-type channels. Therefore, the distinct effect obtained by inhibiting a given subtype or set of channels under experimental settings should be considered when choosing a calcium blocker for treatment. T-type channels are crucial for regulating the GFR and the filtration fraction and use of blockers will lead to preferential efferent vasodilation, reduce glomerular pressure and protenuria. Furthermore, T-type channels might provide novel therapeutic targets, and have superior renoprotective effects compared with conventional calcium blockers. Acta Physiologica © 2013 Scandinavian Physiological Society.
Pernille B L Hansen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta physiologica (Oxford, England)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1748-1716     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Physiol (Oxf)     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101262545     Medline TA:  Acta Physiol (Oxf)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Acta Physiologica © 2013 Scandinavian Physiological Society.
Department of Cardiovascular and Renal Research, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, DK-5000, Odense C, Denmark.
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