Jean-Louis Bény

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Many experimental studies have shown that arterial smooth muscle cells respond with cytosolic calcium rises to vasoconstrictor stimulation. A low vasoconstrictor concentration gives rise to asynchronous spikes in the calcium concentration in a few cells (asynchronous flashing). With a greater vasoconstrictor concentration, the number of smooth muscle cells(More)
Adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) activated two sequential responses in freshly isolated mouse aortic smooth muscle cells. In the first phase, ATP activated Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) or Cl(-) currents and the second phase was the activation of a delayed outward current with a reversal potential of -75.9 +/- 1.4 mV. A high concentration of extracellular K(+) (130(More)
The goal of the present study is to construct a biophysical model of the coronary artery endothelial cell response to bradykinin. This model takes into account intracellular Ca2+ dynamics, membrane potential, a non-selective cation channel, and two Ca(2+)-dependent K+ channels, as well as intra- and extracellular Ca2+ sources. The model reproduces the(More)
Smooth muscle contraction is regulated by changes in cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)). In response to stimulation, Ca(2+) increase in a single cell can propagate to neighbouring cells through gap junctions, as intercellular Ca(2+) waves. To investigate the mechanisms underlying Ca(2+) wave propagation between smooth muscle cells, we used primary(More)
THE ARTERIAL SYSTEM secures an adequate supply of blood to organs. In many vessels, cyclic variations of the arterial diameter, a phenomenon called vasomotion, may contribute to the regulation of blood flow. Vasomotion is generated by synchronous oscillations in the cytosolic calcium concentration of adjacent smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Gap junctions(More)
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