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Intracellular free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) was monitored using the fluorescence from the dye Fura-2-AM in single myometrial cells from pregnant rats. Oxytocin and acetylcholine applied to the cell evoked an initial peak in [Ca2+]i followed by a smaller sustained rise which was rapidly terminated upon removal of acetylcholine or persisted after oxytocin(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to characterize the membrane mechanisms responsible for oxytocin-induced depolarization in single cells from pregnant rat myometrium. STUDY DESIGN Membrane currents were recorded with the whole-cell mode of the standard patch-clamp technique. Intracellular calcium concentration was monitored with the fluorescence(More)
In the pregnant rat myometrium, an averaged 30% of inositol phosphate accumulation induced by carbachol and oxytocin was inhibited by oxodipine indicating that a part of receptor-mediated generation of inositol phosphates depended on Ca++ influx through voltage-gated Ca++ channels. In fura-2-loaded cells, carbachol and oxytocin caused a two-phase [Ca++]i(More)
The effects of a novel dihydropyridine, elgodipine, and of three derivatives have been studied on the calcium channel currents of isolated cells from rat portal vein by the patch-clamp technique, and on specific (+)-[3H]isradipine binding to vascular membranes. Elgodipine inhibited both T- and L-type calcium channels in a concentration-dependent manner.(More)
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