Ukr.Biochem.J. 2016; Volume 88, Issue 4, Jul-Aug, pp. 5-11


Ca(2+)-dependent regulation of the Ca(2+) concentration in the myometrium mitochondria. I. Trifluoperazine effects on mitochondria membranes polarization and [Ca(2+)](m)

L. G. Babich, S. G. Shlykov, A. M. Kushnarova, S. O. Kosterin

Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv;

Са2+-dependent regulation of Ca2+ exchange in mitochondria is carried out with participation of calmodulin. We have shown previously that calmodulin antagonists reduced the level of mitochondrial membrane polarization and induced increase of the ionized Са concentration in both the mitochondrial matrix and cell cytoplasm. The concentration-dependent  influence of trifluoperazine on the level of polarization of mitochondrial membranes has been shown in this work. The coordinates of the Hill graphs were used to calculate the constant K0.5 and the Hill coefficient. K0.5 was 24.4 ± 5 μM (n = 10). The Hill coefficient was 2.0 ± 0.2, indicating the presence of two centers of the trifluoperazine binding. We have also studied [Ca2+]m changes, when incubating mitochondria in mediums of different composition: without ATP and ions of Mg (0-medium), in the presence of 3 mM Mg (Mg-medium) and 3 mM Mg + 3 mM ATP (Mg,ATP-medium). It was shown that the composition of the incubation medium affected the [Ca2+]m values in the absence of exogenous Ca2+ and did not affect them in the presence of the latter. Preincubation of mitochondria in mediums of different composition with 25 μM trifluoperazine did not affect the [Ca2+]m values both before and after the addition of  100 µМ Са2+ to the  incubation medium. It was concluded, that trifluoperazine depolarized myometrial mitochondria membranes in concentration-dependent manner. However, mitochondria preincubation with 25 μM trifluope­razine accompanied by 50% decrease in membrane polarization did not affect the [Ca2+]m values.

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