In the present work, applying the whole-cell patch-clamp technique in voltage clamp mode, we have investigated the effects of different drugs, such as riluzole, Psora-4 and Tram-34, on the potassium currents in four human lymphoma cell lines. We focused on outward currents mediated by two potassium channels (Kv1.3 and KCa3.1), which are known to play a key physiological role in lymphoid cells. The currents were evoked by voltage ramps ranging from -120 mV to +40 mV and the conductance of the two potassium channels was measured between +20 mV and +40 mV, both in the absence and in the presence of the specific blockers Psora-4 (Kv1.3; 1 µM) and Tram-34 (KCa3.1; 1 µM). The effect of the latter was tested after KCa3.1 channels were activated by riluzole 10 µM. Taken together, these data could be useful as an indication of the functional characteristics of the potassium channels in human lymphomas and represent a starting point for the study of potassium conductance in cellular models of these tumors.
Keywords: Human lymphomas; KCa3.1; Kv1.3; Patch-clamp; Potassium channels.
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