Vasodilation induced by acetylcholine and by glyceryl trinitrate in rat aortic and mesenteric vasculature.

In endothelium-containing rings of rat aorta which had been precontracted with phenylephrine, addition of acetylcholine (ACh) (0.010-10 microM) resulted in concentration-dependent, graded relaxation through the release of endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF). Hemoglobin (3 and 10 microM) and methylene blue (10 microM) both produced marked inhibition… (More)