Effects of reduced oxygen tension on endothelium-dependent relaxation induced by acetylcholine differ in rabbit femoral artery and jugular vein.


In intact rabbit femoral artery rings pre-contracted with phenylephrine, acetylcholine (ACh; 10(-9)-10(-6) M) produces endothelium-dependent relaxation, abolished after mechanical rubbing to remove the endothelium. The response to ACh was absent at low oxygen tension (less than or equal to 4 kPa) or in the presence of sodium cyanide (1 mM). Intact rabbit… (More)


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