Single channel currents in adrenocortical cells

Rev Esp Fisiol. 1984 Sep;40(3):271-7.


Single channel currents have been recorded from cell-attached patches of tumoral adrenocortical cells. Our experiments suggest the existence of three sets of potassium channels in the surface membrane of these cells. All channel types can be recorded in a given membrane patch but some patches have only one type of single channel currents. One channel type has a unitary conductance of about 103 pS. The other two channels have smaller conductances and opposite voltage dependence. In one case channels open on depolarization and have a single channel conductance of 31.6 pS. In the other case the probability of being in the open state increases on hyperpolarization and the single channel conductance is of 21 pS. These channels seem to be similar to the delayed and anomalous rectifying potassium channels seen in other preparations. The role of membrane ionic permeability in steroid release induced by ACTH is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex / metabolism
  • Adrenal Cortex / physiology*
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / metabolism
  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Membrane Permeability
  • Electrophysiology / instrumentation*
  • Exocytosis / drug effects
  • Ion Channels / physiology*
  • Osmolar Concentration


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Ion Channels
  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone