Influence of contractile agonists on the mechanism of endothelium-dependent relaxation in rat isolated mesenteric artery.
Plane F., Garland CJ.
This study demonstrates directly that the relative contribution of nitric oxide (NO) and an NO synthase-independent repolarization to acetylcholine-evoked relaxation in rat isolated mesenteric resistance arteries is determined by the processes which mediate pre-contraction. Noradrenaline-induced contractions were reversed by acetylcholine via both NO and NO synthase-independent smooth muscle repolarization. In contrast, reversal of contractions to the thromboxane-mimetic, U46619, by acetylcholine was entirely mediated by the actions of NO, independently of a change in membrane potential.