Fluoride Action Network


This study investigated the effects of fluoride exposure on the mRNA expression of Cav1.2 calcium signaling pathway and apoptosis regulatory molecules in PC12 cells. The viability of PC12 cell receiving high fluoride (5.0mM) and low fluoride (0.5mM) alone or fluoride combined with L-type calcium channel (LTCC) agonist/inhibitor (5umol/L FPL6417/2umol/L nifedipine) was detected using cell counting kit-8 at different time points (2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 10, and 24h). Changes in the cell configuration were observed after exposing the cells to fluoride for 24h. The expression levels of molecules related to the LTCC were examined, particularly, Cav1.2, c-fos, CAMK II, Bax, and Bcl-2. Fluoride poisoning induced severe cell injuries, such as decreased PC12 cell activity, enhanced cell apoptosis, high c-fos, CAMKII, and Bax mRNA expression levels. Bcl-2 expression level was also reduced. Meanwhile, high fluoride, high fluoride with FPL64176, and low fluoride with FPL64176 enhanced the Cav1.2 expression level. In contrast, low fluoride, high fluoride with nifedipine, and low fluoride with nifedipine reduced the Cav1.2 expression level. Thus, Cav1.2 may be an important molecular target for the fluorosis treatment, and the LTCC inhibitor nifedipine may be an effective drug for fluorosis.