H 2S induces catecholamine secretion in rat adrenal chromaffin cells

Dexiao Zhu, Xiao Yu, Jinpeng Sun, Jingxin Li, Xuelian Ma, Wei Yao

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Hydrogen sulfide (H 2S) is recognized as an important gaseous signaling molecule in mammalian tissues and exerts its modulating functions of different systems via targeting different ion channels and receptors. H 2S can be synthesized from l-cysteine by cystathionine β-synthetase (CBS) or cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE). It has been reported recently that H 2S can be synthesized and released in rat adrenal medulla chromaffin cells (AMCs) which play a critical role in the regulation of stress response by releasing catecholamine (CA). In the present study, we combined amperometry and whole-cell patch-clamp recording to explore the direct effect of exogenous H 2S on CA release in AMCs and the underlying ionic mechanism. Amperometry showed that local application of NaHS, the H 2S donor, evoked CA release from AMCs. Furthermore, the CA secretory response to NaHS was totally blocked by removing extracellular Ca 2+. Whole-cell patch-clamp experiments showed that H 2S-induced CA release is produced by membrane depolarization generated by an inhibition of Ca 2+-activated K + current [I K(Ca) current]. We conclude that H 2S is capable of directly inducing CA release by inhibiting the I K(Ca) current. This conclusion indicates that H 2S may involve in the response of adrenal medulla to stress by modulating I K(Ca) current and CA release in mammalian animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 8 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Catecholamine
  • Chromaffin cell
  • H S
  • I current

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology


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