Mechanisms of action of 7-O-ethyl tetrandrine in isolated vascular smooth muscle of the rabbit aorta

Tetrandrine is an alkaloid from a Chinese herb which has been used to treat hypertension in humans. The mechanism(s) of its antihypertensive action is not clear. The goal of this study was to examine the direct effects of a derivative of tetrandrine, 7-O-ethyl tetrandrine (TD), on vascular smooth muscle. In particular, the goals were to study (1) the… CONTINUE READING