Danniel P Gitterman

Learn More
P2X1 receptors for ATP are ligand-gated cation channels, present on many excitable cells including vas deferens smooth muscle cells. A substantial component of the contractile response of the vas deferens to sympathetic nerve stimulation, which propels sperm into the ejaculate, is mediated through P2X receptors. Here we show that male fertility is reduced(More)
1. Contractile responses to short trains of nerve stimulation have been characterized in small, medium and large arteries from the rat mesenteric circulation (5th - 6th, 2nd - 3rd and 1st order, respectively). In addition, sources of calcium for smooth muscle contraction have been investigated. 2. Nerve stimulation (10 pulses at 10 Hz) evoked reproducible(More)
P2 receptor mediated contractile responses have been characterized in different diameter arteries from the rat mesenteric arterial vasculature (first, second to third and fifth to sixth order for large, medium and small arteries) using wire myograph and diamtrak video imaging. alpha,ss-methylene ATP (alpha,beta-meATP) evoked transient(More)
Diadenosine polyphosphates (Ap(n)As, n=3 - 7) and adenosine polyphospho guanosines (Ap(n)Gs, n=3 - 6) are naturally occurring vasoconstrictor substances found in platelets. These vasoconstrictor actions are thought to be mediated through the activation of P2X receptors for ATP. The effects of Ap(n)As and Ap(n)Gs at P2X receptors on rat mesenteric arteries(More)
Cell death mechanisms frequently involve the influx of extracellular calcium through voltage- and ligand-gated ion channels, e.g., the NMDA receptor (Greene, 1999). The vanilloid receptor (VR1) is present in regions of the brain (Mezey et al., 2000) that are highly susceptible to neurodegenerative insults, suggesting that this ion channel might contribute(More)
  • 1