Calcium modulation of endothelium-derived prostacyclin production in ovine pregnancy.

@article{Magness1993CalciumMO,
  title={Calcium modulation of endothelium-derived prostacyclin production in ovine pregnancy.},
  author={Ronald R. Magness and Charles R. Rosenfeld},
  journal={Endocrinology},
  year={1993},
  volume={132 6},
  pages={
          2445-52
        }
}
Refractoriness to angiotensin-II (ANG II)-induced vasoconstriction is greater in the uteroplacental vs. systemic vascular beds during pregnancy, possibly reflecting enhanced uterine artery prostacyclin production. We determined the role(s) of calcium and calcium channels in regulating basal and ANG II-induced vascular prostacyclin production in uterine and omental (systemic) arteries obtained from pregnant (P) and nonpregnant (NP) ewes. To evaluate the endothelial contribution to basal and… 
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