Towards an understanding of the mechanism of action of cyclic AMP and cyclic GMP in smooth muscle relaxation.

Cyclic GMP (cGMP) mediates the relaxing action of a variety of vasodilator drugs and endogenous vasodilator substances. Cyclic AMP (cAMP) mediates relaxation by beta-adrenergic agonists as well as other activators of adenylate cyclase. Both second messengers appear to reduce the concentration of intracellular Ca2+ in vascular smooth muscle cells, thus… CONTINUE READING