Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide Oxidation and Calcium Channel Blockers on the Equatorial Potassium Current of the Frog Lens

Exp Eye Res. 1994 Mar;58(3):257-65. doi: 10.1006/exer.1994.1016.


Hydrogen peroxide, in concentrations of 10-1000 microM, produces two major changes in the current-voltage relationships associated with the equatorial potassium current of the lens. First, the resting and reversal potentials become more negative than they were prior to treatment with hydrogen peroxide and second, the membrane resistance related to the equatorial current is decreased. The shift in the resting and reversal potentials is in the opposite direction from that produced by ouabain. Based on the Nernst equation, the shift in the reversal potential suggests that there is an increase in the concentration of potassium in the lens. The 86Rb uptake and efflux are increased. These observations suggest that hydrogen peroxide stimulates the Na,K-pump. The decrease in membrane resistance is inhibited by 100 microM of quinine, a calcium-dependent potassium channel blocker, and does not decrease in a calcium-free medium. This suggests that the decrease in resistance may be secondary to an increase in lenticular calcium. These effects of hydrogen peroxide are similar to those of p-chloromercuriphenylsulfonate (pCMPS), a nearly impermeant sulfhydryl binding agent, and suggest that permeant hydrogen peroxide may increase calcium influx by acting on sulfhydryl groups on the outer surface of lens membranes. Verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, is reported to prevent cataract formation. D600, the methoxy analogue of verapamil, is a calcium channel blocker that increases the resistance associated with the equatorial current in the presence and absence of hydrogen peroxide. The gadolinium ion has a similar effect. Thus, D600 and Gd3+ partially counteract the reduction in membrane resistance produced by 50 microM hydrogen peroxide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium Channel Blockers / pharmacology*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Gadolinium / pharmacology
  • Gallopamil / pharmacology
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / pharmacology*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Lens, Crystalline / metabolism*
  • Membrane Potentials / drug effects
  • Potassium / metabolism*
  • Quinine / pharmacology
  • Rana pipiens
  • Rubidium / metabolism


  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Gallopamil
  • Quinine
  • Gadolinium
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Rubidium
  • Potassium