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Description: CaV1.x blocker
Chemical Name: 1,4-Dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-4-(2-nitrophenyl)-3,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid dimethyl ester
Purity: ≥98% (HPLC)
Citations (37)
Reviews (5)

Biological Activity for Nifedipine

Nifedipine is a L-type calcium channel blocker.

Technical Data for Nifedipine

M. Wt 346.34
Formula C17H18N2O6
Storage Desiccate at +4°C
Purity ≥98% (HPLC)
CAS Number 21829-25-4
PubChem ID 4485
Smiles COC(=O)C1=C(C)NC(C)=C(C1C1=CC=CC=C1[N+]([O-])=O)C(=O)OC

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Solubility Data for Nifedipine

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 34.63 100

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 2.89 mL 14.44 mL 28.87 mL
5 mM 0.58 mL 2.89 mL 5.77 mL
10 mM 0.29 mL 1.44 mL 2.89 mL
50 mM 0.06 mL 0.29 mL 0.58 mL

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References for Nifedipine

References are publications that support the biological activity of the product.

Stork and Cocks (1994) Pharmacological reactivity of human epicardial coronary arteries: phasic and tonic responses to vasoconstrictor agents differentiated by nifed. Br.J.Pharmacol. 113 1093 PMID: 7889259

Merck Index 12 6617

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37 Citations for Nifedipine

Citations are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for Nifedipine include:

Phelps et al (2022) The Dependence of Urinary Bladder Responses on Extracellular Calcium Varies Between Muscarinic, Histamine, 5-HT (Serotonin), Neurokinin, Prostaglandin, and Angiotensin Receptor Activation Front Physiol 13 841181 PMID: 35431993

Lopez et al (2022) Ketamine exerts its sustained antidepressant effects via cell-type-specific regulation of Kcnq2. Neuron 110 2283 PMID: 35649415

Kaufman et al (2012) Opposing roles of synaptic and extrasynaptic NMDA receptor signaling in cocultured striatal and cortical neurons. Mol Brain 32 3992 PMID: 22442066

Abe et al (2011) The Etv1/Er81 transcription factor orchestrates activity-dependent gene regulation in the terminal maturation program of cerebellar granule cells. Mol Brain 108 12497 PMID: 21746923

Landstrom et al (2011) Junctophilin-2 expression silencing causes cardiocyte hypertrophy and abnormal intracellular calcium-handling. FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol 4 214 PMID: 21216834

Xu et al (2011) Mechanistic distinction between activation and inhibition of (Na(+)+K(+))-ATPase-mediated Ca2+ influx in cardiomyocytes. Mol Cells 406 200 PMID: 21303662

Zemkova et al (2011) NE causes a biphasic change in mammalian pinealocye membrane potential: role of alpha1B-adrenoreceptors, phospholipase C, and Ca2+. Endocrinology 152 3842 PMID: 21828176

Luoma et al (2011) Progesterone inhibition of voltage-gated calcium channels is a potential neuroprotective mechanism against excitotoxicity. Steroids 76 845 PMID: 21371490

Florea et al (2017) Calcium-regulatory proteins as modulators of chemotherapy in human neuroblastoma. Oncotarget 8 22876 PMID: 28206967

Shin et al (2008) Dendritic glutamate release produces autocrine activation of mGluR1 in cerebellar Purkinje cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105 746 PMID: 18174329

Soriano et al (2008) Specific targeting of pro-death NMDA receptor signals with differing reliance on the NR2B PDZ ligand. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 28 10696 PMID: 18923045

Kim and Rhim (2011) Effects of amyloid-β peptides on voltage-gated L-type Ca(V)1.2 and Ca(V)1.3 Ca(2+) channels. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 32 289 PMID: 21822937

Ludwar et al (2009) Two distinct mechanisms mediate potentiating effects of depolarization on synaptic transmission. J Neurophysiol 102 1976 PMID: 19605611

Bellono (2017) Molecular basis of ancestral vertebrate electroreception. Nature 543 391 PMID: 28264196

Ciappelloni et al (2019) Aquaporin-4 Surface Trafficking Regulates Astrocytic Process Motility and Synaptic Activity in Health and Autoimmune Disease. Cell Rep 27 3860 PMID: 31242419

Armstrong and Drapeau (2013) Calcium channel agonists protect against neuromuscular dysfunction in a genetic model of TDP-43 mutation in ALS. Circ Heart Fail 33 1741 PMID: 23345247

Kim et al (2012) Decreased afferent excitability contributes to synaptic depression during high-frequency stimulation in hippocampal area CA1. J Neurophysiol 108 1965 PMID: 22773781

Yang et al (2012) A critical role for protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 5 in determining individual susceptibility to develop stress-related cognitive and morphological changes. J Neurosci 32 7550 PMID: 22649233

Kato et al (2009) Non-Hebbian synaptic plasticity induced by repetitive postsynaptic action potentials. J Neurosci 29 11153 PMID: 19741122

Kraidith et al (2016) Hepcidin and 1,25(OH)2D3 effectively restore Ca2+ transport in β-thalassemic mice: reciprocal phenomenon of Fe2+ and Ca2+ absorption. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 311 E214 PMID: 27245334

Lee et al (2015) N-MthD.-aspartate receptors mediate activity-dependent down-regulation of potassium channel genes during the expression of homeostatic intrinsic plasticity. J Neurosci 8 4 PMID: 25599691

Mauger et al (2016) Targeted Intron Retention and Excision for Rapid Gene Regulation in Response to Neuronal Activity. Neuron 92 1266 PMID: 28009274

Pigott and Garthwaite (2016) Nitric Oxide Is Required for L-Type Ca(2+) Channel-Dependent Long-Term Potentiation in the Hippocampus. Front Synaptic Neurosci 8 17 PMID: 27445786

Hanlon et al (2016) Modulation of breast cancer cell viability by a cannabinoid receptor 2 agonist, JWH-015, is calcium dependent. Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press) 8 59 PMID: 27186076

Wang and Mattson (2014) L-type Ca2+ currents at CA1 synapses, but not CA3 or dentate granule neuron synapses, are increased in 3xTgAD mice in an age-dependent manner. Neurobiol Aging 35 88 PMID: 23932880

Ring et al (2012) GABA maintains the proliferation of progenitors in the developing chick ciliary marginal zone and non-pigmented ciliary epithelium. PLoS One 7 e36874 PMID: 22590629

Caiati et al (2012) Developmental regulation of CB1-mediated spike-time dependent depression at immature mossy fiber-CA3 synapses. Sci Rep 2 285 PMID: 22368777

Kyriazis et al (2010) Stress-induced switch in Numb isoforms enhances Notch-dependent expression of subtype-specific transient receptor potential channel. J Biol Chem 285 6811 PMID: 20038578

Potier et al (2010) Contribution of the d-Serine-Dependent Pathway to the Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Cognitive Aging. Front Aging Neurosci 2 1 PMID: 20552041

Maier et al (2010) Sustained glutamate receptor activation down-regulates GABAB receptors by shifting the balance from recycling to lysosomal degradation. J Biol Chem 285 35606 PMID: 20826795

Large et al (2010) Ionic currents in intimal cultured synoviocytes from the rabbit. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 299 C1180 PMID: 20720182

Wieland et al (2006) Efficient intracellular multiplication of Legionella pneumophila in human monocytes requires functional host cell L-type calcium channels. J Neurosci 47 296 PMID: 16831218

Villalba et al (2007) Contribution of both Ca2+ entry and Ca2+ sensitization to the alpha1-adrenergic vasoconstriction of rat penile small arteries. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 292 H1157 PMID: 17085536

Ris and Godaux (2007) Synapse specificity of long-term potentiation breaks down with aging. Learn Mem 14 185 PMID: 17351142

Hirasawa (2003) Nifedipine facilitates neurotransmitter release independently of calcium channels. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100 6139 PMID: 12714685

Fujino et al (2003) Regulation of cpg15 by signaling pathways that mediate synaptic plasticity. Mol Cell Neurosci 24 538 PMID: 14664806

Thiagarajan et al (2005) Adaptation to synaptic inactivity in hippocampal neurons. Neuron 47 725 PMID: 16129401

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breast cancer cell viability by a cannabinoid receptor 2 agonist.
By Anonymous on 03/15/2020
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Human
Cell Line/Tissue: MCF-7

We used all these compounds which were dissolved in DMSO and added to fresh culture media. Concentration reference paper PMID: 27186076

PMID: 27186076
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The pharmacological inhibitors for electrophysiology assay.
By Anonymous on 02/28/2020
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Other

The following concentrations we were used:1 μM Bay K, 10 μM nifedipine, 10 μM nimodipine, 300 nM omega -agatoxin, 1 μM omega -conotoxin, 5 μM mibefradil, 1 μM tetrodotoxin, 1 μM charybdotoxin, 100 nM iberiotoxin, 10 μM NS11021.

PMID: 28264196
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Blocks L type calcium entry in neurons.
By Karthik krishnamurthy on 11/02/2018
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Rat
Cell Line/Tissue: spinal cord neurons

Effectively blocks KCL mediated L type calcium entry in neurons. Tested in spinal cord neuron cultures at a concentration of 10 micromolar.

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Nifedipine blocks L-type Ca2+ current in primary cardiomyoytes.
By Chintan Koyani on 10/23/2018
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Other
Cell Line/Tissue: Primary ventricular cardiomyocytes

L-type Ca2+ current of guinea pig cardiomyocytes before and after nifedipine (1 µM) superfusion for 5 min. Compared to time-matched rundown, nifedipine significantly blocked L-type Ca2+ current in cardiomyocytes

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Applied to GI smooth muscle in tissue bath.
By John Broad on 01/05/2018
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Human

Applied to human GI smooth muscle

Effective calcium channel blocker