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Blood Vessels. 1987;24(3):145-9.

Evidence for endothelium-dependent vasodilation of resistance vessels by acetylcholine.

Abstract

In the perfused mesenteric arterial vasculature of the rabbit, vasodilation by acetylcholine (ACh) was almost completely blocked after a 15-min perfusion of the vasculature with 0.2% collagenase, an enzyme capable of removing endothelial cells. In the perfused mesenteric arterial vasculature of the rat, vasodilation by ACh was markedly, though not completely, inhibited by hemoglobin (10 microM), an agent which can inactivate endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF). These results suggest that a major component of vasodilation of mesenteric resistance vessels in rabbit and rat by ACh is mediated by EDRF.

PMID:
3036283
DOI:
10.1159/000158689
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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