[3H]Nitrendipine binds with high affinity to brain membranes with a drug specificity indicating association with sites mediating the pharmacologic actions of dihydropyridine slow-calcium-channel antagonist drugs. In brain membranes, [3H]nitrendipine binding is absolutely dependent on the presence of calcium ions. Interactions of cations with [3H]nitrendipine binding sites correlate with their physiologic actions at voltage-dependent calcium channels. Ions such as strontium and barium, which mimic calcium physiologically, share the action of calcium in enhancing [3H]nitrendipine binding. Ions such as lanthanum and cobalt, which block the effects of calcium, can inhibit [3H]nitrendipine binding and block the stimulating actions of calcium. The ability to monitor the influence of ions on an agonist-antagonist continuum at [3H]nitrendipine binding sites provides a molecular probe to explore the regulation of cellular function by calcium and other cations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3656-3660
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number11 I
StatePublished - 1982


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