Sunday, February 8, 2015

Study group discussion: Mechanism of action of Digoxin

Oubain and digoxin got a connection. Both are cardiac glycosides.

Well, last I studied Digoxin used to block the NaKAtpase and thus stopping the secondary active transport of Ca leading to increased cardiac contractility. Look what I found. According to a new research its not the actual mechanism. Digoxin here, goes into the cardiac myocyte and act on Rynodine receptors instead.

Can somebody comment on the reliability of such articles?

Well, I had read about its action on rynodine recepters in my text book...What I know is that it acts on rynodine recepters (there is a specific name RY something which I don't remember), it increases Ca inside the sarcoplasmic reticulum of myocytes with each contraction... Meaning it sends some Ca which comes in from outside into the SR... So that the subsequent contraction is more forceful as the Ca now available from the SR is more than the prev contraction...

It's RyR2!

RyR2, yes!

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