TRAM-34 inhibits nonselective cation channels

  • Tom Schilling
  • Claudia Eder
Cell and Molecular Physiology


TRAM-34 has been demonstrated to inhibit intermediate-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels in a wide variety of cell types, including immune cells. In the present study, we investigated effects of TRAM-34 on microglial cells stimulated with lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). LPC-induced increases in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration of microglial cells were effectively reduced in the presence of TRAM-34. At a concentration of 1 μM, TRAM-34 inhibited LPC-induced Ca2+ signals by 60%. The TRAM-34-induced reduction of LPC-induced Ca2+ increases cannot be related to the inhibition of Ca2+-activated K+ channels. In contrast to TRAM-34, the Ca2+-activated K+ channel inhibitor charybdotoxin did not affect LPC-induced increases in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration of microglial cells. Patch clamp experiments revealed a direct inhibitory effect of TRAM-34 on nonselective cation channels. Half-maximal inhibition of LPC-induced nonselective cation currents was determined at 38 nM TRAM-34. These data indicate that TRAM-34 may cause additional effects on immune cells that are unrelated to the well-described inhibition of Ca2+-activated K+ channels.


Brain macrophages Nonselective cation current TRAM-34 Charybdotoxin Immune cells TRP channels 



This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grant SFB 507/C7. The authors wish to thank Itohan Akhionbare for technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhysiologyMedical Faculty CharitéBerlinGermany

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