Cilostazol, an inhibitor of type 3 phosphodiesterase, stimulates large-conductance, calcium-activated potassium channels in pituitary GH3 cells and pheochromocytoma PC12 cells.

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The effects of cilostazol, a dual inhibitor of type 3 phosphodiesterase and adenosine uptake, on ion currents were investigated in pituitary GH(3) cells and pheochromocytoma PC12 cells. In whole-cell configuration, cilostazol (10 microm) reversibly increased the amplitude of Ca(2+)-activated K(+) current [I(K(Ca))]. Cilostazol-induced increase in I(K(Ca)) was suppressed by paxilline (1 microM) but not glibenclamide (10 microm), dequalinium dichloride (10 microM), or beta-bungarotoxin (200 nM). Pretreatment of adenosine deaminase (1 U/ml) or alpha,beta-methylene-ADP (100 microM) for 5 h did not alter the magnitude of cilostazol-stimulated I(K(Ca)). Cilostazol (30 microM) slightly suppressed voltage-dependent l-type Ca(2+) current. In inside-out configuration, bath application of cilostazol (10 microM) into intracellular surface caused no change in single-channel conductance; however, it did increase the activity of large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK(Ca)) channels. Cilostazol enhanced the channel activity in a concentration-dependent manner with an EC(50) value of 3.5 microM. Cilostazol (10 microM) shifted the activation curve of BK(Ca) channels to less positive membrane potentials. Changes in the kinetic behavior of BK(Ca) channels caused by cilostazol were related to an increase in mean open time and a decrease in mean closed time. Under current-clamp configuration, cilostazol decreased the firing frequency of action potentials. In pheochromocytoma PC12 cells, cilostazol (10 microM) also increased BK(Ca) channel activity. Cilostazol-mediated stimulation of I(K(Ca)) appeared to be not linked to its inhibition of adenosine uptake or phosphodiesterase. The channel-stimulating properties of cilostazol may, at least in part, contribute to the underlying mechanisms by which it affects neuroendocrine function.

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Adenosine 5′-(α,β-methylene)diphosphate, ADP analog