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Interactions of chemostimuli at the single cell level: studies in a model system

Peers, C. (2004) Interactions of chemostimuli at the single cell level: studies in a model system. Experimental Physiology, 89 (1). pp. 60-65. ISSN 0958-0670

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The responses of afferent chemosensory fibres of the carotid body to individual chemostimuli have long been established. However, the mechanisms underlying the multiplicative interactions of these stimuli (i.e. how the combined effects of hypoxia and hypercapnia exert a greater effect on afferent nerve discharge than the sum of their individual effects) have not been elucidated. Using the membrane hypothesis for carotid body chemoreception, in which chemostimuli inhibit type I cell K+ channels, leading to depolarization, voltage-gated Ca2+ entry and hence the triggering of exocytosis, this article considers data acquired in isolated type I carotid body cells and model chemoreceptor (PC12) cells to attempt to explain stimulus interactions. Whilst stimulus interactions are not clearly evident at the level of K+ channel inhibition or rises of [Ca2+](i), they are apparent at the level of transmitter release. Thus, it is clear that individual chemoreceptor cells can sense multiple stimuli, and that interactions of these stimuli can produce greater than additive effects in terms of transmitter release.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 The Physiological Society
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics (LIGHT) > Academic Unit of Cardiovascular Medicine (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 16:33
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1113/expphysiol.2003.002657
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1113/expphysiol.2003.002657
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1255

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