Temperature sensitivity of outward current in cardiac Purkinje fibers. Evidence of electrogenicity of active transport.

Pflugers Archiv : European journal of physiology

PubMedID: 1239002

Isenberg G, Trautwein W. Temperature sensitivity of outward current in cardiac Purkinje fibers. Evidence of electrogenicity of active transport. Pflugers Arch. 1975;358(3):225-34.
1. In cardiac Purkinje fibers the temperature sensitivity of the membrane current flowing after 2 sec in response to depolarizing clamp steps was recorded. When the temperature was quickly lowered (30 sec) from 37 degrees C to 20 degrees C for a period of 2 min the outward current was markedly reduced. The effect was immediately reversed upon rewarming. The reduction in outward current on cooling was most pronounced between 30 degrees C and 20 degrees C. 2. In the range of anomalous rectification cooling to 20 degrees C shifted the i.v. relation in a negative direction by a constant amount of 20 nA. Outside this potential range (negative to -80 mV and positive to -45 mV) the slope conductance was reduced with a Q10 of about 1.3. 3. In the presence of dihydroouabain cooling did not further reduce the outward current in the potential range of anomalous rectification. However, negative to -80 mV and positive to -40 mV the slope conductance was reduced. The results support the view that part of the outward current is generated by an electrogenic sodium pump which is inhibited by cooling.