Secretion of the octapeptide erythrophore- (red pigment-) concentrating hormone (ECH, RPCH) and extracellularly monitored electrical activity were followed simultaneously from individual, isolated sinus glands (neurohaemal organs), of the crab Cardisoma carnifex. Following introduction of saline having elevated [K], 100–196 mmol l-1 (5–11 X normal), secretion (bioassayed from 1-min fractions during continuous perfusion) increases from barely detectable (less than 1 fmol min-1) to a peak, average 31 fmol min-1, within 5 min, and immediately subsides. Additional responses are obtainable following a period, greater than 30 min, of normal saline perfusion. Secretory responses to K are Ca-dependent. If Ca is restored (in high K) following perfusion in 0-Ca, high K, only a small secretory response is observed. Addition of Mn (10 mmol l-1, normal Ca) reduces secretion to one-tenth. Increased net uptake of 45Ca of 2.5- to 6-fold is observed in individual sinus glands exposed to 10 X K compared to paired, unstimulated organs. The pattern and Ca-dependence of secretory responses to K are unaffected, but the amount of secretion is augmented in Na-deficient or TTX-containing salines. Intracellular recording confirms that brief (10–40 s) bouts of intense firing recorded extracellularly upon commencing a high K perfusion include repetitive firing by terminals, superimposed on rapid depolarization. Firing ceases as the membrane potential reaches a depolarized value (−18 to −15 mV for [K] 100–176 mmol l-1), which is then maintained until restoration of normal saline, when slow repolarization ensues. In 0-Ca, spontaneous impulse firing is increased, resting potential depolarized by 5 to 15 mV, but the bout of impulse firing and the maintained depolarization in response to K are similar. Thus, mechanisms of secretion of a crustacean peptide neurohormone appear closely similar to those of other systems characterized: responsiveness to elevated K, dependence on Ca, depolarization-, but not secretion-dependent inactivation, and lack of dependence on Na inward current. Intracellular recording here permits direct observation of electrical responses of terminals.
Ionic dependence of secretory and electrical activity evoked by elevated K+ in a peptidergic neurosecretory system
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I. M. Cooke, B. A. Haylett; Ionic dependence of secretory and electrical activity evoked by elevated K+ in a peptidergic neurosecretory system. J Exp Biol 1 November 1984; 113 (1): 289–321. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.113.1.289
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