F E Bottrill

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The possible role of the endothelium in modulating responses to human urotensin-II (U-II) was investigated using isolated segments of rat thoracic aorta, small mesenteric artery, left anterior descending coronary artery and basilar artery. Human U-II was a potent vasoconstrictor of endothelium-intact isolated rat thoracic aorta (EC(50)=3.5+/-1.1 nM,(More)
1. The cannabinoid arachidonyl ethanolamide (anandamide) caused concentration-dependent relaxation of 5-HT-precontracted, myograph-mounted, segments of rat left anterior descending coronary artery. 2. This relaxation was endothelium-independent, unaffected by the fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor, arachidonyl trifluoromethyl ketone (10 microM), and(More)
1. We have used the isolated, buffer-perfused, mesenteric arterial bed of the rat (preconstricted with methoxamine or 60 mM K+) to characterize nitric oxide (NO)-independent vasorelaxation which is thought to be mediated by the endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF). 2. The muscarinic agonists carbachol, acetylcholine (ACh) and methacholine(More)
1. The receptors mediating the vasodilator responses to adenosine in the isolated mesenteric arterial bed of the rat were identified by use of selective agonists and antagonists and the involvement of the endothelium was examined. 2. Adenosine-mediated dilatation of the mesentery was potentiated by the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, NG-nitro-L-arginine(More)
The effect of cyclic AMP modulating agents on levcromakalim-induced relaxation was investigated in myograph-mounted rat mesenteric arteries. Forskolin (adenylyl cyclase activator), dibutyryl cyclic AMP (protein kinase A activator) and 5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine (NECA; adenosine receptor agonist) all potentiated the vasorelaxant effects of levcromakalim.(More)
The effect of beta-adrenoceptor activation on levcromakalim-induced relaxation was investigated in myograph-mounted rat mesenteric arteries. The nonselective beta-adrenoceptor agonist isoproterenol (at a concentration causing approximately 30% relaxation of methoxamine-induced tone) potentiated relaxation to levcromakalim; higher concentrations exerted no(More)
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