Ca2+influx insensitive to organic Ca2+entry blockers contributes to noradrenaline-induced contractions of the isolated guinea pig aorta

Gouw, M. A. M., Wilffert, B., Wermelskirchen, D. & Van Zwieten, P. A., 22-Oct-1990, In : Pharmacology. 40, 5, p. 277-287 11 p.

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  • M.A.M. Gouw
  • B. Wilffert
  • D. Wermelskirchen
  • P.A. Van Zwieten
We determined the contribution of intracellular Ca2+to the noradrenaline (NA, 3 x 10-5mmol/l)-induced contraction of the isolated guinea pig aorta. Since only about 55% of the NA-induced contraction could be attributed to intracellular Ca2+release, we assumed that a Ca2+influx component contributes to the NA-induced contraction. This influx component proved resistant to the organic calcium entry blockers (CEBs) nifedipine, diltiazem, flunarizine and gallopamil which, in contrast, antagonized K+-induced Ca2+influx completely. Conversely, the NA-induced Ca2+influx component could be antagonized by the inorganic cations La3+, Cd2+, Mn2+, Ni2+and Co2+.45Ca2+uptake experiments also revealed that both KCl and NA induce Ca2+influx of which only the latter one is resistant to nifedipine. It was concluded that in the guinea pig aorta NA activates a receptor-operated channel through which Ca2+can be translocated from the extracellular space to the cytosol to contribute directly to contraction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 22-Oct-1990


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