Hydrogen peroxide activates glibenclamide-sensitive K+ channels in LLC- PK1 cells

Dragana M. Filipovic, W. Brian Reeves

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Oxidant-induced damage has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several forms of cellular injury. The present study employed patch-clamp methods to determine if oxidant stress leads to activation of plasma membrane K+ channels in the renal epithelial LLC-PK1 cell line. Exposure of cells to H2O2 (0.1 to 5 mM) induced a rapid (within 5-10 min), dose-dependent membrane hyperpolarization. Perforated patch whole cell voltage-clamp studies were performed to determine the ion selectivity of the currents underlying this H2O2-induced cellular hyperpolarization. H2O2 (5 mM) produced a sixfold increase in the whole cell conductance. The reversal potential of the H2O2-induced current was consistent with a K+-selective conductance. This current was blocked almost completely by 5 mM barium and 500 μM glibenclamide but only partially by 15 mM tetraethylammonium. Exposure of LLC-PK1 cells to 5 mM H2O2 reduced cell ATP content by 70%. To evaluate more directly the role of ATP depletion in the activation of K+ channels, conventional whole cell patch-clamp studies were performed. Inclusion of ATP in the pipette solution prevented H2O2-induced activation of the K+ conductance. These findings indicate that H2O2 activates an ATP-sensitive, Ca2+-independent K+ conductance in LLC-PK1 cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C737-C743
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number2 41-2
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • adenosine 5'-triphosphate
  • ion channels
  • oxidant injury
  • patch clamp
  • renal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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